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The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award

The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award, supported by our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT, is unique. Designed to develop confidence and resilience as well as leadership and teamwork skills, it helps young people to enjoy and value learning, whilst acquiring skills for life. The Award is supported by investment company Standard Life.

Who is this for?

The Junior Prince’s Award is for children aged 9-14.

This programme is ideal for:

  • Students at key transition points such as the step up to secondary school
  • Students who would benefit from additional support to build confidence and skills

What will students gain?

  • Confidence and resilience
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Nationally recognised awards for sports leadership, First Aid and navigation Both the school and the participating students will receive a SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award certificate, as well as a digital badge in recognition of successful completion of this sought-after Award, a great addition to any young person’s CV.

This is what students at Harcourt Primary School, Folkestone, had to say about doing the Junior Prince’s Award programme:

“SkillForce has helped me stop giving up” “SkillForce makes me want to try hard and do my work” “I work harder now I know I’m not useless” “I am more confident” “BIG difference at school – hardly getting into trouble now” “I work as part of a team at home now (getting the garden done)”

Parents of students on the programme also comment on the benefits for their children:

“Natasha has thoroughly enjoyed this course. She is always thrilled to tell us what she has learned and can’t wait until the next session. It has given her skills and introductions to things in life she would otherwise not be aware of or have access to. Thank you.”

Parent, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

What does the programme cover?

The programme is a unique combination of reflective learning and practical activities, which enable learners to connect with their goals and aspirations, whilst helping them to value their own skills.

Programme content includes:

  • Team-building and problemsolving challenges
  • Team sports
  • Outdoor pursuits, including camping out for a night (where possible)
  • First Aid training
  • Navigation skills
  • A social action project
  • Material on Remembrance and respect Learners complete a log book to record and reflect on their achievements.

“SkillForce develops skills linked to teamwork, independence and hard work. Through participation in this award the pupils are becoming more confident and self-aware which has a positive effect on their school work.”

Kay Ford, Headteacher of Castle Park Primary School, Caldicot

How does it work?

The Junior Prince’s Award can be delivered in school time or after school, during a whole year or within a term, and can be tailored to specific requirements. The programme is delivered by SkillForce Instructors – predominantly ex-Services personnel who understand what it takes to build teams, solve problems, succeed at challenges and lead, as well as serve others in highly demanding and pressurised situations. Instructors not only run the course, but also act as role models and mentors to the young people who attend. All are highly experienced in working with young people and have Enhanced DBS/PVG certification. The Junior Prince’s Award is all about exciting challenges and projects within a climate of encouragement and support, with a focus on service and public-mindedness.