ANNEX A :
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION IN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD
1. For the Participant.
a. The Award is understood outside the ACF – in fact internationally – where achievement in APC or other ACF activity may not be. Achievement by the cadet or young adult is more likely to reap rewards when translated into a Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
b. There is a greater expectation of involvement by the cadet in the planning stage of their experience in the Award than in APC‚ thus accelerating the process of personal development.
c. The Award offers an "off-the-shelf" programme for those cadets who have completed APC training, but are still young enough to remain in the organisation as a cadet. It can reward achievement by cadets working at post 4-star level and young adults under the age of 25.
d. The Award generates success in areas of particular interest to the cadet or adult at a higher level than that at which they are currently working. Partial success at the limit of the cadet or young adult's ability can be rewarded through the use of Award sectional certificates.
e. Activity outside the ACF may be counted towards an Award, thus encouraging the cadet or young adult to become even more involved in the local community.
f. Grades in the BTEC First Diploma in Public Service are enhanced to Credit or Distinction level by successful participation in an Award.
g. Participants can be eligible to take part in gatherings and activities organised by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the International Award for Young People.
2. For the ACF.
a. The organisation gains good positive publicity and is rightly seen to be a key player in the national youth work system.
b. Advantage can be taken of the Award‚s National Modular Training Framework‚ and senior cadets and adult leaders can gain valuable accreditation and certification in Award Leadership and Management.
c. Cooperation with other organisations is encouraged, to the mutual advantage of these organisations and the ACF. Leaders can become part of a wide network of experience and expertise in working with young people.
d. Use can be made of the service delivered by the various ACFA Advisory Panels‚ for example Adventurous Training (Expedition‚ Physical Recreation‚Residential Project and Service)‚ First Aid (Service and Skills)‚ Music (Skills)‚ Sports (Physical Recreation and Service) and Shooting (Skills and Service). Participation in the Outreach programme can be used towards the Service section. Participation in DofE encourages more activity in the areas administered by the Panels.
e. The Award offers an "off-the-shelf" programme, particularly at the Gold level, for those cadets who have completed APC training, but are still young enough to remain in the organisation as a cadet. The programme is also an ideal mechanism for the personal development of Potential Instructors‚ Adult Instructors and Officers under the age of 25.
3. Many further examples of benefits to both the Participant and the Organisation can be found in the Award Handbook.