Published: 12 February 2019

Youth charity benefits from leadership programme

Training from Surrey Business School has equipped managers at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE) charity with high level leadership skills to benefit the organisation.

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DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to take part in volunteering and physical activities and learn life skills.

The School’s Executive Education team worked closely with 16 frontline managers from across the globe, creating a blended learning programme, combining face-to-face and interactive online elements.

The team also partnered with a start-up social enterprise to provide the opportunity for the students to test out their learning in a ‘live’ operating environment, with real-life learning outcomes to build on.

The first programme came to a close with participants finishing their last module at the Head of State Award conference in Accra, Ghana. This event was hosted by the awards team in Ghana and the president of Ghana with representatives from over 120 countries.

HRH Prince Edward and John May, Secretary General of DofE’s International Award Foundation, were also present and praised the work of the Executive Education team in supporting the training of their managers.

This programme is one of several delivered by Surrey Business School’s Executive Education team. To find out more about other programmes and to participate in Executive Education programmes, contact Michelle Nsanzumuco (Executive Education Manager), at or Mark Simmons (Executive Education Coordinator) at

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