Skanska invests in its young employees by partnering with the The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Skanska has partnered with The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) to offer more support to future apprentices at the start of National Apprenticeship Week.
As part of the construction firm's apprenticeship programme, the new charity partnership will enable Skanska's apprentices the opportunity to achieve their Gold and Bronze DofE, as part of an 18-month programme.
Employees will complete all the DofE sections, including volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and residential. There will also be a with a focus on developing valuable skills for business such as team-working, commitment, determination, communication and a positive approach to work.
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.”
Chief Executive of the DofE, Peter Westgarth, 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.”