Berwick man hopes D of E gold award will help secure job
A member of Berwick and District Youth Activity Group has spoken of his pride at getting a Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) gold award.
Adam Rutherford attended a presentation at Buckingham Palace in London, where he received his award from celebrity presenter, Alex James.
During the presentation, the Duke of Edinburgh took the opportunity to congratulate Adam on his successes and heard about his D of E journeys, which took 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.
Those who achieve a gold DofE award, widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week-long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country.
Adam said, “The Duke of Edinburgh programme has helped me in many ways and has provided me with skills that will benefit me going forward.
“This time next year, when I am graduating from university, I hope that having my gold award on my CV will give me an advantage when looking for a job.
“The award has helped me improve my teamworking skills, as well as my leadership and self-confidence.
“I’d like to thank Gordon Garland and Mick Turnbull (leaders of the Berwick and District Youth Activity group) for their help throughout the duration of my award.”
DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14- 24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.
There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.