Record number of Brighton and Hove youngsters earn Duke of Edinburgh awards

Posted On 18 Nov 2010 at 5:59 pm

A record number of young people in Brighton and Hove have earned their Duke of Edinburgh silver and bronze awards this year.

They will be presented with their awards at a ceremony at Hove Town Hall next Tuesday (23 November) at 7.30pm.

More than 70 silver award and 200 bronze award winners will receive their certificates from the former mayor Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn, and the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme offers 14 to 25 year olds the chance to take part in practical, cultural and adventurous activities aimed at supporting their personal and social development.

The Brighton and Hove City Council outdoor education team co-ordinates the city’s awards programme.

They are currently working with more than 5,000 young people from schools, colleges and clubs across the city, including several young people with special needs.

The scheme enhances their skills and improves their employability.

The council’s cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Vanessa Brown, is also attending the event.

She said: “It’s inspiring that so many of our young people want to put something back into the wider community.

“But it’s also about having fun and thinking of the future.

“Research shows that for employers the Duke of Edinburgh scheme is the leading attribute – beyond educational qualifications – they look for when recruiting new staff.”

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