The Duke of Edinburgh award (DofE) is a youth achievement award open to young people up to the age of 24. Through the DofE programme young people can improve their self-esteem and build their confidence whilst gaining essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working & communication.
Last year UKSTT was approached by student Thistlerose for support in providing a skills task to enable her to complete the Silver level DofE award. Promoting young professionals fits in with UKSTT’s values and a research project based on Thistles interest was agreed. Over the last couple of months Thistle has been researching past members going back to 2005 with the intention of re-connecting where possible. A full report will be provided on completion.
Thistlerose said “The UKSTT have welcomed me as a volunteer to help me achieve my Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. So far, I have completed the expedition, trekking through the country for three days and camping for two nights; I have also completed my physical section, and am now working on my skill and, through the UKSTT, my volunteering section. In this part I will volunteer with the UKSTT for 6 months, allowing me to give a little of my time to a wonderful organisation, with high environmental standards, which is very important to me”.
UKSTT’s Business Development Manager Lynn Maclachlan said ‘Businesses need to lead the way in offering opportunities that not only build the right technical skills , but help young people become the best they can. UKSTT are proud to support Thistlerose while she completes her Silver DofE Award and look forward to sharing the results of the research project she has been working diligently on’.