Posted: 20 October, 2016 by Newsroom

There’s Yet ANOTHER Hurdle For Australians Looking For A Job

But it might actually be a good thing!

Tags: employment

Australians searching for a job may soon find that employers are looking for a more diverse background than just impressive school results.  

A group of employers including KPMG, Blackmores, Macquarie University, Hungry Jacks, Aussie Home Loans and Luna Park have agreed to ask job applicants if they have a Duke of Edinburgh Award, according to Fairfax.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a youth development program for Australians aged between 14 to 25. Participants take part in a range of activities including physical recreation, volunteering and learning life skills.

Employers who are part of the initiative will ask potential employees if they have completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award on application forms or during the interview process. 

"Hungry Jack's is proud to be a 'Duke of Ed Employer' as we believe these valuable life skills are cultivated through participation in the award," Hungry Jack's chairman and chief executive officer Jack Cowin said.

Many schools and tertiary institutions offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award, as well as community organisations, sporting clubs, employers and government institutions. Young people living in regions with no Award Unit can also register to take part through the Open Award Centre.

Further information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be found here.  

Tags: employment

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