The development of skills is not a new priority. However, in many societies, formalised academic education has taken precedence.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT saw the need to address the imbalance when he founded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956. And for more than 60 years, the development of ‘soft skills’ – a ‘toolkit of life’ as HRH refers to them – has been paramount in the work of the Award.
During the past few years, the Award around the world has seen a rising interest in its work and outcomes. We are now regularly approached by leaders in education, government, and youth organisations who are interested in exploring the benefits on non-formal education and the role it can play in developing skills such as resilience, confidence, communication and problem solving.
LinkedIn defines soft skills as “less tangible and harder to quantify, such as etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk.”