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Awards and qualifications for young people

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a personal development programme for young people aged between 14 and 25. It gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills, help others, experience adventure and enjoy a great sense of achievement.

Visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website or contact your local area youth staff.


Do you want to volunteer for 16 hours a week for at least six months? Are you volunteering in a British Red Cross charity shop in England? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then you can work towards an NVQ.

An NVQ is a nationally recognised qualification and great for those who want a career in retail. It is available in retail operations, distributive operations and customer service. There are no exams – you just need to build a portfolio of what you do in the shop.

Ask your shop manager for more information.

Youth Achievement Awards

The Youth Achievement Awards are designed to encourage you to take a more active role in the activities that interest you. They are available at four levels, each with increasing levels of responsibility.

Strongly endorsed by the Red Cross, the Youth Achievement Awards build life skills such as team work, confidence, managing feelings and negotiation, and study skills including organisation, portfolio building, planning and reviewing.

They require significant commitment but this is well rewarded.

Ask your local youth staff for more information or visit UK Youth.

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