Duke of Edinburgh celebrate success with its candidates at Buckingham Palace

Jordan Amir-Hekmat, a student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, attended Buckingham Palace to be presented with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award in May. He received his Award Certificate from celebrity presenter, John Suchet in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex.

During the presentation, all the candidates were congratulated on their successes which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication. Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

Jordan with John SuchetSpeaking about his DofE experience, Jordan said the impact on his life has been massive. “I learnt valuable skills of First Aid, coaching skills which enabled me to support young people in sporting activities as well as improving my own personal fitness. The highlight for me were the expeditions and the people I met who have become good friends. The residential was an opportunity to spend time at BAe Systems to understand more about Engineering. This helped me to select Mechanical Engineering with German at Sheffield University for my degree.”

There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups. To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit www.DofE.org