Youth maritime charity UKSA has been awarded Approved Activity Provider (AAP) status by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to deliver practice and qualifying expeditions in sailing and kayaking for the Bronze and Silver Award schemes.
UKSA also has the required facilities to deliver Gold Residential programmes.
The DofE programme is designed to give young people, aged 14 – 25 years, the chance to develop skills for work and life. The scheme encourages commitment and determination, fosters a spirit of adventure and develops the ability to work collegiately with others. The Award is recognised by many employers and further educational establishments.
UKSA’s Youth Development Co-ordinator Lee Jones said: “The DofE scheme is an inspirational programme which allows young people to discover a great deal about themselves and their ability to cope in unfamiliar circumstances. Along the way, they meet new friends and develop a range of practical and soft skills which will support them throughout life.”
“Our AAP status means that UKSA can now use its expertise to help even more young people unlock their potential through the DofE scheme. UKSA offers a fun and safe outdoor learning environment and the Isle of Wight is an ideal location for expeditions because of its accessible rivers and beaches, its coastline and its climate.”
UKSA has been developing and providing outdoor learning environments since 1987. The charity supports, empowers and educates young people of all abilities and ages by introducing them to the challenge, adventure, fun and rewards of watersports, sailing and high performance yachting.
To facilitate its work, UKSA has created a unique environment with a large fleet, a waterside campus and first class teaching expertise to challenge young people and give them the confidence to thrive and succeed in modern society as future leaders.
The charity recently launched Change Direction, a Job Centre funded training programme for young, unemployed Islanders to address and remove barriers to employment.
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