SkillForce Prince William Award

The Duke of Cambridge Will Officially Launch the Skillforce Prince William Award

Kensington Palace: The Duke of Cambridge Will Officially Launch the SkillForce Prince William Award


Wednesday 1st March

The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of SkillForce, will officially launch the charity’s new award programme, The Prince William Award (PWA), while visiting a primary school in Wales. His Royal Highness will join three groups of school children as they each demonstrate different age related levels of the award programme. The Prince William Award is aimed at helping young children between the ages of 6 and 14 to develop good character, confidence and resilience.

The PWA is designed in three stages. The Pioneer Award is for children aged between 6 and 7, and helps to develop character, and to teach children to understand the value of significant character traits. The second stage is the Explorer Award for children aged 8 to 11, and focuses on developing character within a team and the impact individuals can make on group performance. The third stage of The PWA is the Trailblazer Award, which concentrates on inspiring children aged 12 to 14 with confidence as leaders, and equipping them with skills to take on responsibility.

The Duke will meet with students who have participated in the award scheme during its pilot year, and will join them as they complete exercises including; a construction task, a trust based exercise, and a challenge designed to test leadership skills.

After completing these exercises His Royal Highness will give a speech to mark the official launch of the award, and will congratulate children already participating, before unveiling the first award trophies.

SkillForce is a national education charity that works with schools to transform lives using the skills and experience of ex-Service veterans. The charity supports children and young people in more than 200 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales preparing them for their next steps in education, work and life. The Duke became Patron in 2009.

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