Duke of Edinburgh Awards celebrated at Trafford College

Newly graduated students from Trafford College’s Public Services programme returned to College recently to be recognised for their outstanding achievements throughout their course.

Joshua Barden receives his award from College Sports Maker Tom Robertson

The dedicated learners completed their Level 3 BTEC Public Services (Extended Diploma) alongside the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

The awards formed part of the College’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition programme, which required the students to undertake volunteering activities and gruelling excursions. The learners undertook this over their last year of the course as well as achieving their main qualification. A total of 27 students completed the programme and received their silver awards.

Currently there are two cross-college groups undergoing expedition practices over the summer months, all vying for a Silver or Gold award. Both groups will complete next year, with the Gold nominees being invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their award from a member of the Royal Household.

The proud learners were awarded their certificates by Principal, Lesley Davies OBE and can now look forward to progressing in their chosen fields with the added advantage of a glowing CV bursting with an array of outstanding achievements.

One of the students collecting his award on the day was 19-year-old Joshua Barden from Eccles. Joshua completed two years of Uniformed Public Services with the College and is now looking forward to a high flying career with the Navy. He commented,

“There were so many highlights throughout my course, but I loved the outdoor excursions and the things we got to see. The views from some of the locations were incredible. The course also helped me learn how to bond with new people and gave me the confidence to build new relationships, which is essential for the Navy. I’d recommend studying at Trafford College 100%.”

Fellow student Adam Bhula (19) from Old Trafford added, “I really enjoyed studying at the College and the course was great fun as well. I really enjoyed the excursions, they made you feel like you’d actually achieved something. I’m now looking forward to eventually joining the Police Force.”

The DofE, which last year celebrated its Diamond Anniversary, has supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. There are over 300,000 young people currently undertaking a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres.

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