Licensed to deliver DofE

From left: Paul Coates (Luton Sixth Form College DofE manager), Phil Brown (DofE regional director), Marc Hulbert (Luton Sixth Form College director of teaching and learning, and DofE leader)
From left: Paul Coates (Luton Sixth Form College DofE manager), Phil Brown (DofE regional director), Marc Hulbert (Luton Sixth Form College director of teaching and learning, and DofE leader)

Luton Sixth Form College staff attended a special ceremony at St James’s Palace in London when they were presented with their prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) licence.

The College became a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) earlier this year, enabling them to offer DofE programmes to young people.

Aimed at anyone aged between 14 and 24, the DofE Award is available on three levels - bronze, silver and gold.

Participants complete a personal programme of activities in various sections including volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and, for gold, residential.

The College’s director of teaching and DofE leader, Marc Hulbert, said: “Becoming a DLC gives us the autonomy to deliver the DofE in the way we think will be best for our students.

“They learn skills like leadership, team work, self-reliance and resilience and it gives them such confidence.

All of these skills are so valued by universities and employers.”

DofE regional director Phil Brown added: “The College’s decision to become a DLC will ensure its students are given the opportunity to grow as individuals and become successful proactive citizens.”