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Award Leaders


What is an Award Leader?

An Award Leader is someone who works in an Award Unit to run the Award for their youth-based organisation. An Award Leader is the key point of contact, and support, for young people taking part in the Award.


What is the role of an Award Leader?

An Award Leader is responsible for:

  • Registering participants in the Award and helping them get started
  • Mentoring and supporting participants to complete their Award (which can include assisting them to select activities for the different sections of the Award, and finding appropriate Assessors)
  • Signing-off on completed Bronze and Silver activities via the Online Record Book and checking that the Gold activities meet the appropriate requirements.
  • Ensuring that the Award programme meets current requirements and standards
  • Celebrating achievements and presenting participants with completed Awards
  • Supporting participants learning how to use the Online Record Book and log their activities.


Who can be an Award Leader?

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to become an Award Leader - provided that they pass the short online training course and the police vetting process (we'll send you the form). If your school or organisation is not currently running the Award, you can register to become an Award Unit (an organisation/school with a licence to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award).


What are the benefits of becoming an Award Leader?

  • Supporting and mentoring young people to develop new skills including self-confidence, and a greater appreciation of the community and environment around them.
  • Building your own skill set in an Internationally recognised programme
  • Transferable experience to add to your CV







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