At the Award we believe in the power of partnership.
The Award equips young people with the skills they need for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability or interests. On an individual level this can make a transformational difference to a young person’s life; on a collective basis, it has the power to bring significant change to wider society.
We work with many different organisations to help deliver the Award around the world. The Award works in tandem at a global level with partners ranging from youth organisations, to institutions, to multi-national corporations, in order to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people.

Discover more about the organisations we work alongside:

Scouts

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) and The World Organisation of the Scouts Movement (WOSM) have worked together for many years. The Award is the largest global framework for recognising young people’s achievements in non-formal education and adds another form of global recognition for young people undertaking Scout Awards.

The Award is not a separate youth movement, rather many National Scout Organisations (NSOs) consider it a perfect fit for their adolescent and young-adult youth programme and have integrated it into their recognition frameworks for young people and young leaders.

A lot of work has been done to map NSO youth programmes with the Award framework to show how Scouts can achieve additional recognition just by undertaking Scouting programmes such as the Eagle Scout Award, Queen’s Scout Award, Venturers programme or its equivalent in different NSOs.

With a framework that emphasises learning by doing, personal progression, working in teams, adult support, interactions with nature and community involvement, the Award can support the implementation of the World Scout Youth Programme Policy in your NSO. The Award also  provides a clear structure for those wishing to develop or update their youth programme and integration can save valuable resources and time when modernising the youth programme in your NSO.

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Around the world, The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) have a rich history of working together. Every year, thousands of Guides earn international recognition for their achievements through their local Guide Units.

The International Award is a globally recognised framework, available in over 130 countries, for non-formal education and learning available to young people ages 14 to 24 and offered at progressively challenging levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold Award).

The Award is not a separate youth movement but rather a framework that can be aligned to many existing youth activities and awards such as the ones offered by Guides. The principles and activities of both organisations compliment each other well, and participants can essentially receive double recognition with the same amount of effort. The Queen’s Guide Award particularly aligns closely with the Award at any level.

Both organisations also value the role volunteers play in helping young people succeed, and The  Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides Guide Leaders a tried and tested framework for holistically transforming the lives of young people through developing and improving new skills, increasing physical activity and building healthy habits, working as a team and learning about the natural environment through an extended outdoor activity known as an Adventurous Journey, and providing voluntary service in their community.

Aside from developing well-rounded young people, it is a way to impress potential employers and universities. National Girl Guide Associations around the world are using the Award framework to add value to their existing programmes and enhance membership growth.

Businesses

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award operates in more than 130 countries and territories, helping to inspire millions of young people. The Award encourages young people to learn new skills, get physically active, volunteer within their communities and discover a sense of adventure outside the classroom. It offers young people opportunities that help them unlock their potential and be ready for their world, whatever that world may be.

The Award can enhance your business’s continuous professional development by providing a framework for your future young employees, which challenges young people to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world.

Non-formal education and learning plays a role in the development of skills such as resilience, confidence and communication. The Award focuses on allowing young people to step outside of their comfort zone; to try, test and reassess new ways of doing things in new and unfamiliar settings. This set framework encourages young people to explore new frontiers, push their limits, and learn from both their successes and their mistakes.

Research has shown that the Award has the power to transform the lives of young people and equip them to be confident, resilient, and adaptable global citizens. Around the world, employers have started to recognise the edge the Award gives their employees, and now, the International Award Foundation (IAF) is working directly with business like yours, to give their young employees the chance to take on the Award.