"Amey has sponsored apprentices to achieve their DofE Awards for six years and in that time we’ve seen it have a real impact on the young people we work with. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing."
Chief Executive Officer, Amey
“British Gas has been working with the DofE for ten years and it's a partnership we continue to value immensely. The DofE develops the skills we look for in our employees, like initiative and a determination to learn and progress.”
Managing Director, British Gas Homecare
“It’s taken a great deal of effort to build DFS into the company it is today. Above all, it’s taken the hard work of people like DofE Award holders. Individuals from all backgrounds – people who are inspired by the prospect of delivering great service and being rewarded for their achievements.”
Chief Executive, DFS
"The DofE provides young people with the skills which are held in high stead with RSM. Here at RSM we think it is important to recognise these attributes and allow them to be used in everyday life, including the workplace. We understand that young people with a DofE Award will have experiences and will have faced challenges which will set them up for their working life."
Chief Operating Officer, RSM
“We believe the types of skills you develop through doing your DofE, closely match the values (e.g. teamworking, integrity, problem-solving) we are looking for when we recruit our teams. We recognise that participation in the DofE develops a passion for outdoor activities and travel which help us to better understand our customers’ needs.”
HR & Training Manager, Cotswold Outdoor
“Young people need all the help they can get at the moment. Here at DAKS we want to get behind The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award because we believe it is something all young people should have the opportunity to get involved in, whatever their background. We share a vision with the DofE based on quality, reliability and innovation. We believe that by achieving a DofE Award, young people have a better chance of staying in employment, which is good for UK Plc.”
Deputy Chairman, DAKS Simpson
“I’m the Head of HR for Ordnance Survey, so I know a lot about the opportunities we have around the business and the kind of people we need. I fully support the mission of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and believe that the skills and experience you develop will support you in achieving your career aspirations.”
Head of HR, Ordnance Survey
“We value those who already have their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, and support our employees if they wish to achieve it because the values you learn through your DofE programme align perfectly with ours. They are values which will set you up for life. A wide range of people who joined us on leaving school or on an apprenticeship programme now hold senior leadership positions in the company.”
Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
I would like to commend The Duke of Edinburgh Award ‘Skills for Work’ programme. I believe participation in the DofE can make a valuable
contribution to preparation for the world of work.
The DofE activities teach organisation, leadership and resilience. They help make our young people more self reliant, more risk aware and they encourage a positive team orientation. All of these attributes will stand them in great stead in the world of work. I say this both as a Group Chief Executive and also as a parent whose own children have been enthusiastic participants in the DofE.
Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group
“We believe The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is something in which everyone should have the opportunity to get involved.”
Chief Executive, Royal Mail
These fantastic companies support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award both financially and practically. Not only that but they have all pledged to look favourably on young recruits with DofE Awards in their recruitment processes.
“Through participation in their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, we have seen our employees become better team players, develop effective decision making skills and develop into effective leaders. The DofE provides participants with unrivalled exposure to experiences that really benefits confidence levels and provides a solid foundation for career development within our organisation. In addition, the DofE allows us to have a really positive impact on the communities we work and live in. During our four year relationship with the DofE, our employees have volunteered more than 3,000 hours. Our commitment to the DofE remains as strong today as when we first commenced but now we are reaping the rewards from our employees who have completed their Gold Awards and are demonstrating the benefits they have gained every day, both in work and outside.”
HR Director, VINCI construction UK
“Success isn’t only about getting a job. It’s about becoming the ‘you’ you want to be. When you do your DofE you give back to others; you practice skills that are important to you; you test your own limits and stretch your horizons. You make Britain a better place to live. And for every passenger travelling through our airport, and everyone who lives in the UK, that really matters.”
Chief People Officer,
Heathrow Airports Limited
When we receive applications for employment from candidates who have successfully completed their DofE programme and achieved a Duke of
Edinburgh's Award, we recognise this not only as a fantastic achievement in itself, but also as an extremely valuable attribute and one which
encompasses a very positive set of transferrable skills for the workplace.
Managing Director, UK,
"The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has a strong track-record of developing well-rounded, caring young people, which are attributes we look for in our employees to deliver top customer service.
We have joined forces with them to give our young apprentices the best start to their career."
Chief Executive Officer
UK Power Networks