- 2,200 British Gas apprentices achieve their Gold Award
- Helping the community
- Giving young people a skills boost
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) takes determination. As you can see in the film – 92 proud British Gas apprentices recently picked up their hard-earned Gold Awards at St James’s Palace. But the DofE is more than a chance to brush with royalty – it’s a brilliant way to develop skills for life and work.
Over the last 10 years, British Gas has helped over 2,200 apprentices achieve their Gold Awards. Our apprentices have walked away with a number of practical and social skills through activities from volunteering to rock climbing.
Achieving a DofE Award can help give you a head start, that’s why we’re proud to be the Headline Diamond Partner for the charity’s Skills for Work campaign. The campaign aims to raise UK employers’ awareness of the work-ready skills DofE Award holders have to offer.
But a DofE Award isn’t all work and no play. If you don’t believe us, just see what our award-winning apprentices have to say.
Meet our future ready apprentices
British Gas apprentice Vicky, who achieved her Gold Award, says, “Since doing my DofE, I’ve learnt a lot about myself. It’s helped me with my team building and communication skills and I feel like a much more rounded person now. I feel a great sense of achievement.”
It’s not just about preparing for the future, either. For another British Gas Gold Award holder, apprentice David, it was a chance to do something for his community.
“The thing I enjoyed most was volunteering at a community centre because it’s near where I live. The DofE showed me I’m strong mentally and that I can do anything when I put my mind to it. It also showed me that I actually really like helping people.”
The benefits of achieving a DofE Award
Radio 1Xtra DJ Yasmin Evans – who will be taking part in a fundraising DofE Diamond Challenge in August 2016 – says, “The DofE is an amazing opportunity for young people to develop themselves.”
Before her broadcasting career began, Yasmin spent time volunteering at a community radio station in Manchester as a teen and remembers the value of hands-on experience.
“There really is no better experience than throwing yourself into a real-life situation. It’s amazing what the DofE can offer young people. I thought it was all hiking but I judged it completely wrong. The one thing that stood out for me was the confidence it gives you, which young people often lack,” says Yasmin.
“It also helps build a structure to your life. A lot of young people shy away from that and by the time they’re adults they feel a bit lost or anxious about where their career should go. The DofE opens up possibilities. It shows you all these things that you can do with your life. It’s a great kick start.”
To find out how a DofE Award could benefit you now and in the future, visit the DofE website
If you are currently completing your DofE programme, please tell us how it’s going. We’d love to hear from you. Tweet us @BritishGas
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