Chance to join top team!

Duke's of Edinburgh Awards'29th February 2012'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Duke's of Edinburgh Awards'29th February 2012'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

D&A College is currently recruiting for a Prince’s Trust Team based at its Arbroath Campus.

People from all the Herald and Guide & Gazette area are invited to take part in the 12-week programme which begins on Monday, February 9.

D&A College staff are hoping to recruit 14 hardy souls, from Arbroath and its environs to take part in the three-month programme aimed at preparing them for that vital ‘next step’ into employment or further education.

The project helps people aged between 16 and 25 develop confidence, learn new skills, and get into work as well as bringing together people from different backgrounds and circumstances and with different abilities.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme attracts people from all walks of life, and encourages team members’ individual personal development in areas such as communication, leadership, motivation, confidence and tolerance.

“The Prince’s Trust Team is open to school-leavers, graduates and unemployed people,” said course leader Marie Stewart.

“Not only can it can it be a very fulfilling experience, taking part can also lead to employment or opportunities to try things never previously considered.”

Anyone interested in finding out more can contact Marie by ‘phoning (01241) 432666 or (mobile) 07738 886 372, or by e-mail:

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Has your son or daughter missed out on doing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with their school or voluntary organisation or not managed to complete their Award? Help is at hand at the Open Unit! Based in Arbroath, the unit is open to any 14 – 25 year old living in Angus who wants to undertake an Award, whether starting a new award or completing an Award they previously started.

There are three levels of award, Bronze, Silver and Gold and within each level there are four sections, volunteering, physical, skill and expedition.

Gold has an additional residential section. Participants undertake each section for a minimum amount of time collecting evidence as they go along. Each level has a starting age with Bronze being 14 years, Silver 15 years and Gold 16 years and participants can undertake just one or all three levels. All Awards must be completed by age 25. There is a minimum time limit for completion but participants are not rushed through the Awards and it is up to them how long they take to complete.

The award and the activities the young people undertake can be challenging and participants will enhance their skills through their experiences.

The expedition, being the most challenging, gives participants the opportunity to increase their independence, self sufficiency and confidence, including considerations of risk and consequence all of which benefits them as they mature into young adults.

Universities and employers are looking for young people who display strong self-management, problem solving, communication and leadership skills, as well as competence in working with others. They also seek young people who demonstrate a positive attitude, emotional intelligence / capabilities and determination and the award can help the young people to achieve and evidence these qualities.

If you would like further information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Open Unit in Angus please contact Rikki on 01382 536628 or e-mail