Taking part in the Award enables young people to develop practical skills, behaviors and attitudes that are valued by employers globally.

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global mark of achievement. Wherever in the world young people may have participated, I know that they will have learned first-hand about teamworking, respect, excellence and courage – values that BP holds dear.”

Dev Sanyal,

Executive Vice President & Group Chief of Staff, BP

 

Young people need experiences outside the classroom to equip them for life. With The Head of State Award Scheme young people improve their readiness for work.  Find out how the Award makes young people more employable

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“Whenever I see The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award on a young person’s CV, I know I’ll have something interesting to talk to them about at their interview.”

Michael Smith, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

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Eric’s employment story

Eric has developed practical skills useful for his career as a sound engineer.

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Employers

We know that employers are increasingly looking for candidates with experience and practical skills learnt outside the classroom; according to a report from McKinsey, almost *40 per cent of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies.

The Award provides young people with many of the skills employers are looking for in new recruits like communication, team working and leadership. The Award also provides a tried and tested framework as a tool for non-formal education for developing staff aged 18-24.

As one of the most successful energy companies in the world, with operations in over 80 countries, BP is ideally placed to meet the broadest range of career aspirations. And finding the right people is essential to the long-term success of the company. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global mark of achievement. Wherever in the world young people may have participated, I know that they will have learned first-hand about team-working, respect, excellence and courage – values that BP holds dear as a company. Participating in the Award is something that every young person should have the opportunity to experience. Dev Sanyal, Chief executive, alternative energy and executive vice president, regions, BP

Employment stories

Jiri Zrust, Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (Europe) Ltd and a supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, talks about the value of the programme to young people and businesses around the world.

Further information:

*40 per cent of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies – Source Mourshed, M., Farrell, D., & Barton, D. (2012). Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works. (n.p.): McKinsey Center for Government

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