A DUKE of Edinburgh’s Award scheme in Henley has been made self-licensed.
The Eyot Centre in Wargrave Road can now authorise awards for its students and those previously taking the scheme at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common.
It comes after Oxfordshire County Council decided to stop paying for the licence, which costs about £600, from March next year.
The Oxfordshire Open Expedition Group, a not-for-profit organisation and licensed provider for the award, was setÂ to take over the licence but instead the centre applied for its own.
Gold, silver and bronze awards will be offered at the Eyot Centre with courses set to start on Sunday.
Currently, the centre has 15 teenagers doing the bronze award, 10 the silver award and 12 the gold.
Anyone under 25 can take part in the scheme, which involves sports, voluntary work, learning new skills and completing an expedition.
Kevin Nutt, who co-ordinates the scheme, said: “It’s not just open to school children but anyone under 25.
“We welcome people from all schools including Chiltern Edge, Piggott in Wargrave and Langtree in Woodcote.
“If there are any employers in the Henley area that might like to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award into their workplace then please make contact with us.”
For more information on the coursesÂ emailÂ tom.dofe@Â gmail.com and for starting the scheme in your workplace email firstname.lastname@example.org