Amey Apprentices volunteeer at Youth Hostels for Scottish Apprenticeship Week as part of their Gold DofE
- Amey apprentices to volunteer their time to transform their local Youth Hostel from 1 – 3 March
- Volunteering is part of the young apprentices’ longer-term commitment to give back to local communities through their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)
- Event marks Scottish Apprenticeship Week (29 February – 4 March)
Scottish apprentices from leading public services provider Amey will makeover their local Youth Hostel from 1 – 3 March to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week (29 February – 4 March).
The event highlights the positive impact of the apprentices’ longer-term volunteering to achieve their Gold DofE Award, which involves them giving their time to local communities week in, week out, taking part in activities such as working in charity shops and coaching children’s sports teams. Amey enables each of its apprentices to do their DofE as part of its rounded apprenticeship programme.
During the week, the apprentices will be undertaking various tasks for SYHA Hostelling Scotland (SYHA) including painting the interiors of Youth Hostels and completing a number of other maintenance tasks. In total, 11 hostels throughout the UK will benefit from Amey apprentice makeovers during Scottish and National Apprenticeship Weeks.
Chief Executive of Amey Mel Ewell said: “We are extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme and the work we do to support both the professional and personal development of young people. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award allows our apprentices to gain crucial teamwork and leadership skills that serve them throughout their career. I am delighted that our apprentices are able to offer their support to the SYHA this Scottish Apprenticeship Week.”
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE, said: “As a partner of the DofE Charity for 14 years, Amey has long supported the development of young people and local communities. Through the Volunteering section of their DofE programmes apprentices give back to others whilst developing valuable skills and attributes for both life and work.
“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Amey, YHA and SYHA on such a worthwhile project that will have far-reaching benefits within local communities and the apprentices’ own personal and professional development.”
Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland said: “As a not for profit organisation, we rely on the contribution of volunteers to help with a wide variety of projects in our youth hostels. The apprentices are undertaking much-need redecoration and maintenance that otherwise we would have had to spend money on. Volunteers help us save money and every penny we save means more can be invested in the network giving young people and their families a great experience when they stay with us, whether that’s part of a school trip or a holiday.”