Skanska has partnered with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to enable more young people to complete their DofE Award and improve their life prospects.
The DofE is a charity that aims to give young people the opportunity to do their DofE, including through their employer to speed up development, make them better at their jobs, and help foster softer skills, attitudes and attributes.
As part of Skanska’s apprenticeship programme, the new charity partnership will enable Skanska’s apprentices the opportunity to do their Gold and Bronze DofE, as part of an 18 month programme.
To achieve their Gold and Bronze Award, employees will complete all the DofE sections, including Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential. There will be a with a focus on developing valuable skills for business such as team-working, commitment, determination, communication and a positive approach to work. In addition, they will contribute to their local communities through volunteering activities which could range from befriending older people to helping out at an animal rescue centre or supporting a local charity.
Executive Vice President Harvey Francis, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has a great track record of helping young people achieve and demonstrate their full potential. For us, this is a fitting way to prepare the next generation for business. It aligns clearly with our values and our way of working and I’m looking forward to using this to build on our current apprentice and trainee programme.”
DofE Business is backed by leading British employers and organisations who share a common goal; to invest in the future of young people, in business and the UK. As part of the initiative, Skanska will support the charity towards its aim of two million more young people in the UK, including 400,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds, starting their DofE by 2020, regardless of any barriers.
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of The DofE said: “We are trying to reach out and help as many young people as possible. We know that employers value an employee’s attitude just as much as academic qualifications, and that’s where we come in. Employers tell us they are actively looking for DofE Award holders at interview. For young people wanting to get a job, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can make a real difference. The DofE transforms lives and we are delighted to have the support of Skanska giving more young people a better chance to lead a more productive and fulfilled adult life.”