The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) is a leading youth achievement award and employers directly in the United Kingdom recognize the Award as one of the most important after-school activities, for which they are looking for in the CVs of young people while hiring University graduates. What kinds of partnerships are we trying to build with companies in Slovakia?
In the long run, we would like to work with companies on developing talent, on potential recruitmnent of new employees and on CSR development. While cooperating, we would like to focus on Award recognition in Slovakia and developing Award Leaders from business environment in order to involve as many young people as possible. Currently, we are starting partnerships with a partners such as PwC, Tatra banka and Towercom as the first involved companies in Slovakia. This type of cooperation has a tradition in United Kingdom or Australia for example.
The Award offers partnership from business an unique combination of benefits:
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Identification and awareness within the potential future employees.
The programme Leaders of Tomorrow is opened for senior talents who can become Award Leaders, who will offer programme at the partner schools. Junior talents (up to 24 years) can join the programme as the Award participants.
If the partner company is interested in improving education status in Slovakia, it can include the Award in Slovakia into its CSR portfolio.
Leaders of Tomorrow
From September 2016, we are starting the pilot year of the programme Leaders of Tomorrow with the first partners, focusing on talent developement in those companies, which will offer the Award in partner Award units. We believe, that this programme will not only help participants to gain interesting mentors from business and chosen Award Units to offer the Award for as many young people as possible, but mainly we will be able to give the companies‘ employees the skills and experiences, which will help the to become better managers.
"The ability to inspire and motivate is the most important success factor for leaders. However, the employees seldom have the opportunity to reinforce this ability. (...) That’s one of the reasons why 82% of managers do not fully fulfil their role and often fail in their new position when promoted." (The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level and Why Good Managers Are So Rare, Harvard Business Review, 2014)
Leaders of Tomorrow connects talents from companies and partner schools involved as Award units. One of the main benefits for companies is developing motivation and communication abilities of future managers through mentoring of students participating in the The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (known in UK as DofE) through:
- Real Impact – contrary to the weekend modelled trainings, the LoT participants work with real people in real situations.
- Relationship building – the work with students creates the sense of responsibility and makes participants realize what does it mean to lead.
- Personal development – the programme provides the mentor with the space for personal development.
- Long-term – contrary to the one-off trainings, the LoT lasts at least 6 months.
The programme consists of 3 parts and focuses on continuous activity and feedback from students:
- Initial training – training focuses on the basics of mentoring, goals-setting and leading of youth delivered by experts.
- Continuous activity – a half-year leadership of a group of secondary school students facilitates continuous improvement.
- Feedback – periodic feedback from students allows for monitoring and reviewing of mentor’s development.