Training 2000 launches Duke of Edinburgh programme

Blackburn-based Training 2000 has launched the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme to a group of 71 learners.

To successfully achieve the award, all learners must complete a minimum of three months activity and prepare for a two-day expedition in wild country including a one-night stay.

The Bronze programme, which includes four different elements including volunteering, physical activity, skills and expedition takes six months to complete and learners are encouraged to plan and develop their own activities, with support from their employers.

The award gives apprentices the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, take on challenges and develop key skills that employers are looking for such as team building and communication skills.

Speaking of the new programme, Marilyn Pilkington, 14-19 Engagement Team Leader at Training 2000, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such a well-recognised programme to 71 learners, as this will help to develop their practical experience and enhance their life skills. “The programme offers opportunities for learners to meet new people and really test themselves, which will prepare them well for their future careers. It\'s great to see so many of our learners taking up the challenge and we wish them all the best of luck!”