What is an Award Centre (Licensed Operator) ?
Each National Award Authority licenses Award Centres (ACs) to deliver The Award. They are commonly known as Award Units (AU’s) and are responsible for delivering the Award to Participants.
Award Centres can be:
- Community Organisations
- Sporting or Social Clubs
- A group of interested parents who form their own association
Award Centres then appoint Award Coordinators and Leaders who become the main contact and the ones who guide Participants on their journey.
The National Award Authority has entered into licences with National Award Centre organisations whose operations cross multiple state boundaries and where licensing on a state-by-state basis is not a viable option. The Award Centre must ensure that relevant Child Protection Legislation requirements are observed for each adult who may work with an Award Participant under the age of 18 years.
Become an Award Centre
Being an Award Centre means that you are forming a partnership with the largest international pursuit of youth development in the world!
The flexibility and sustainability of The Duke of Ed has allowed for steady growth over the 60 years that it has successfully operated internationally. It is now run in more than 130 countries and has touched the lives of more than 8 million young people.
So what are the benefits to my organisation?
- The Award can be used to support your organisation’s strategies and objects.
- The Award provides tangible support in terms of experience, promotional materials, equipment, training and insurance. The choice of activities that the Participants can undertake can be defined by the Award Centre.
- The structure often complements programs and activities schools and various groups already offer to young people and provides a way of recognising these efforts and at the same time without consuming resources.
- The Award offers a balanced framework to develop the important skills and qualities that our wider society believe young people should definitely have, including skill development, group participation, confidence, self-esteem, leadership, fitness, and community connection.
- Being an Award Centre also allows you the opportunity to connect with other organisations, schools and community groups in your area and around Australia, through national events, social media sites Twitter and Facebook, and a monthly newsletter detailing the latest news and stories.
- There are offices in every capital city in Australia, offering local support and assistance where possible, so no Award Centre is left isolated.
- The Award offers a volunteering framework for staff, and offers the opportunity for young people to connect with other adults within the community in a productive way
- You will be able to connect with our international network and open up opportunities for professional development and the exchange of information
- As an Award Centre, theprogramme allows a framework to create an environment of social inclusion for your Participants. This enhances the experience for your young people and impacts positively on their personal development.
And what do I get out of it personally?
Award Leaders are the adult volunteers who manage the Award on behalf of the Centre.
As a volunteer, the opportunity to enhance the lives of young people is endless. If you sign up your group/organisation to become an Award Centre, you might decide to become the Award Leader
How can my organisation become an Award Centre?
To run The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in your school/organisation you will need to apply to become an Award Centre and nominate an Award Coordinator.
If you’d like to know how to become an Award Centre, you need to contact your Award Operating Authority – see process below or Register your interest in becoming an Award Centre by contacting our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.