The response from all sectors was overwhelmingly positive; roll over each logo to see the list of endorsements below.
At St James's Place we have been supporting disadvantaged and disabled young people for 25 years. We Know that charities like the DofE can transform the life prospects of a young person and put them on a positive path supporting themselves and the wider UK economy. Our young employees are our future and having a DofE Award immediately sets someone apart as having taken on a challenge and seen it though. An Award holder must have stepped outside of their comfort zone developing resilience, tenacity, teamwork and leadership. These soft skills are vital in an increasingly competitive and complex business environment. Our 2016 apprentices complete a DofE programme as part of their apprenticeship programme and we believe this helps link them to the culture of our business and the communities in which we live and work.
St. James's Place
The DofE develops the skills we look for in all our employees, such as initiative and a determination to learn and progress. It also helps our new recruits to relate to customers and their lives through the time they spend volunteering in the community — vitally important in a customer focussed business like ours.
UK Field Operations,
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,
DFS has supported the DofE for over 20 years because we believe it makes young people more employable. It gives them the skills they need in the work place like confidence, leadership and tenacity. We believe so much in the DofE Award that we have integrated it into three of our apprenticeships to ensure we give our young talent the very best opportunity to develop themselves and in turn give great customer service.
Group HR Director,
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,
The lightning speed development of technology means there are probably jobs that won’t be as in demand in the future. But empathy, kindness, the ability to identify a person’s needs and respond to them – those are skills that a machine will never be able to outperform a person. And those are exactly the kind of skills that DofE helps each and every young person it works with to gain.
Senior Vice President – People and Stores
Through participation in the DofE, 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 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 achieved their Gold Award and are demonstrating the benefits they have gained every day, both in work and outside.
Human Resources Director,
We believe The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is something in which everyone should have the opportunity to get involved. Royal Mail is excited to include the DofE in our established apprenticeship programme for engineers. We’re confident that this will help to enhance the experience which they get during their training with us, as we seek to nurture and develop our future leaders.
The essence of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is about giving people independence, confidence and skills they wouldn't normally have acquired, and to make people ready for the world. Having something like this speaks a lot more about what you are like as an individual. It shows commitment over a period of time, the willingness to become independent and demonstrate a lot of the skills we are looking for as a business.
CEO and Founder,
FedEx Express is proud to support The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Charity in its quest to improve the prospects of young people across the country. We are committed to connecting people and possibilities at FedEx Express and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award does just that. Offering young people essential vocational and life skills that will set them in good stead for future employment opportunities and a lifetime of achievement.
Managing Director of HR Services,
A core belief at the Careers & Enterprise Company is that young people should think beyond their grades; employers value more than qualifications. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a fantastic example of real-world learning beyond the classroom that has the power to unlock a young person's potential and open doors to employment.
Careers & Enterprise Company
We are not only passionate and committed, but we can provide the best platform to develop the next generation of future leaders for our business, offering them the best skills to develop their career paths. We are members of the 5% club which has the aim of ensuring that 5% of our UK workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes within the next five years. Whatever your background, if you share our values of integrity, teamwork, respect and excellence there could be an opportunity at Balfour Beatty for you.
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
As a recruiter, I am also always looking out for people who have achieved their DofE when considering their application for a role we're handling. I think the skills which DofE Award holders have learned or honed whilst doing their programme is what gives them the edge over other candidates, particularly for those who are in the early stages of their career. If I'm looking to bring on a young person either into my company or a clients', they are not coming in with years of relevant industry experience so what I'm looking for instead is someone who is going to bring a positive attitude and strong work ethic. With a DofE Award on their CV, you know that not only have they had to stick at something, but there had to do this with or for other people. Being aware and sensitive to the needs of those around you is a core life skill that is sometimes over looked. As an organisation, we really value a positive 'can do' attitude in young employees; it is absolutely essential to get their career kick-started. I want to see all the Es in our young recruits: enthusiasm, effort, energy and going the extra mile: DofE Award holders display bags of these.
Leader of Vision and Values at Stopgap Group
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,
The DofE is essential for Britain at a time when it faces the challenges of an economy that will only deliver success if we grow the proms of business and its ability to employ people. If there is one thing the DofE does is that it allows young people to feel they can achieve. Young people doing the DofE are surrounded by positivity; they feel good about themselves, they turn up to work on time and they are ahead of the game in the jobs market. Employers want to employ DofE Award holders because they are good for business and so help the nation become more successful.
Lord Digby Jones
Former trade minister and DG of the CBI
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
Severn Trent is a fast-changing FTSE 100 company, growing its number of young employees. When recruiting young people to our business, we are looking for more than just academic success. We are looking for people who can demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team, take ownership of their work and keep going even when the going gets tough. This is what the DofE teaches you. If you stick at something and you are determined to succeed, you will succeed. It also encourages young people to develop other talents and so-called softer skills. When we see a Gold DofE Award on a CV, we know we will be meeting candidates who can show focus and commitment and these are the qualities we prioritise.
Severn Trent plc
We believe the types of skills you develop through doing your DofE, closely match the values (e.g. team working, 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,
We are committed to improving the life chances and employability of young people and our partnership with the DofE has had a great on thousands of young people throughout the OK and particularly in Glasgow. A key focus for our partnership with the DofE was to give every young person no matter what their background or circumstances the opportunity to acquire valuable vocational & life skills to prepare them for the world of work, and we are delighted with what has been achieved!
Head of CSR,
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has a good track record of helping young people achieve and demonstrate their full potential. 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.
Group HR Director/Executive Vice president,
Skanska UK Plc
The standard and scale of businesses supporting the DofE should speak volumes for the impact it makes. More importantly, the voices of those individuals that have undertaken their DofE Awards are powerful, inspiring and rewarding for individuals, businesses, families and our country. This is what makes DofE so important to me - it gets my full endorsement.
Scottish Rugby is a global sports and entertainment business and we greatly value attracting young people who stand out from the crowd. Having a Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a positive sign that you are keen to challenge yourself and work towards a goal, often as a of a part team. We are proud to say a number of our players and off-field staff are holders of a Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Chief Operating Officer and Board Director,
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
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 the UK.
In a very competitive job market it is increasingly important that an individual finds a way to stand out from the crowd, not just in terms of their academic qualifications but also in terms of their personal character. The DofE Award is sign of someone who has drive, energy, resourcefulness and compassion - all the qualities that will help them succeed in life and in the workplace. It is, in our view, a real positive!
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a fantastic opportunity for young people to prove themselves and gain confidence in work readiness. Every young person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and DofE gives them the skills that show employers they are working hard to take the first steps.
The DoFE is recognised by many employers, who understand the huge amount of work that individuals put in to achieving it. Employers tell us that there are certain skills they look for when recruiting, such as team working and resilience, both of which individuals demonstrate by achieving a DofE Award. It can help young candidates stand out to potential employers, particularly when applying for entry level positions.
We believe in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, so much so that we give all our modern apprentices the opportunity to do their Gold Award programme with us, if they haven't already had the opportunity. We nurture our young talent, as it is an excellent way of creating a highly skilled workforce. Working towards their Gold DofE Award has really brought the apprentices closer together, improved their confidence, and helped them fulfil their potential. It has also encouraged them to help their own communities. I'm very proud of all of them.
Former Managing Director,
When I see an individual with a Duke of Edinburgh's Award on their CV I will take a closer look, as
a) The individual does not have to do it, they decide to do it in their time
b) It provides them with invaluable experience of the real world that the academic system does not always do.
Resulting in an increased chance of an interview and a job.
PMI Health Group
At McDonald's UK we pride ourselves on helping our employees to develop and hone all-important soft skills like teamwork and communication, which are vital not only to our business but to the wider UK economy. Programmes like The Duke of Edinburgh's Award equip thousands of young people with these skills every year. We are delighted to support this campaign and to champion the role these skills play in helping young people to succeed.
Chief Operations Officer,
Young people tell us it's difficult to stand out from the crowd, build a great CV and demonstrate that you are ready for work in an increasingly competitive market. It can be a challenge to develop the skills for work that employers are looking for - such as teamwork and resilience - and so we are proud to endorse the DofE and we really value the impact it has on young people.
There's no doubt that young people who have achieved a Duke of Edinburgh's Award gain valuable life skills as well as an opportunity to showcase their leadership talents and creative problem solving. These are exactly the kinds of skills that we look for when recruiting young people into Experian. I think people are the most powerful resource we have at Experian, and those who have pushed themselves, through the DofE, often stand out from the crowd. We are delighted to get behind this campaign and celebrate the life-changing experience the DofE continues to give to so many young people.
The DofE is ideal for teaching young people skills like teamwork, leadership and independence that count for so much in the workplace and yet tend to feature very little in many vocational or business-related training programmes. A DofE Award is a feather in the cap for anyone young person looking to build their career and proof of their commitment to personal development. This is welcomed by British Land and our subsidiary company Broadgate Estates.
Head of Operations,
The benefits that a young person gets from achieving a DofE Award are tremendous. In our recruitment process we look for skills in teamwork, leadership and communication. We value young people with a passion for learning and for supporting their local communities. The DofE Award underlines those skills and values.
General Counsel & Director of Strategy,
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
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 transferable skills for the workplace.
Managing Director, UK,
Whether you are applying to go to college or looking for a job, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award will put you ahead of the pack by helping to develop skills such as communication, problem solving, self-discipline, motivation and time management. All of which are seen as critical for success.
The DofE Award is an excellent initiative to build the essential employability skills in young people. The single most cited reason by employers for not taking on a young person is a lack of employability skills and it is impossible to imagine that someone with DofE experience would be disadvantaged by that.
Penna Consulting Plc
As an engineering business, Weir looks to attract people who are confident, curious about the world around them and who see challenges as opportunities. That's why we regard a Duke of Edinburgh's Award as a clear sign of someone with a bright future
The Weir Group PLC
ARM is one of the world's most innovative businesses, with a highly collaborative and fast-paced culture. Our people work together to create a connected world and to pioneer new frontiers of technology, through relationships characterised by trust, mutual respect and the resilience to overcome challenges. We believe work should be fun, and we learn every day through experiences, from colleagues and through formal training. The DofE encourages and develops collaboration, tenacity and communication skills, and is also a great experience for participants.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a brilliant way for young people to build skills that set them up as they prepare to leave school to either go on to further education or start a career. At RBS, I get the chance to work with people who are just starting in their career. We provide support for them whether they have just left school, are graduates or on one of our apprenticeships. The DofE will have been helping young people make their next big step tor 60 years in 2016. At RBS we recognise the types of skills that the DofE promotes and we would be delighted to see some of the DofE Award holders interested in the early career jobs we can offer.
Chief HR Officer,
Royal Bank of Scotland
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, be it Bronze, Silver or most especially Gold, offers young people the chance to develop valuable employability skills. They have to demonstrate planning, leadership, project management, resilience and organisational skills at varying levels and these are exactly what employers like Nationwide Building Society value in entry talent roles.
Former HR Director,
Nationwide Building Society
At InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) it is our talented and passionate people who bring our brands to life and deliver true hospitality to guests. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award recognises the importance of nurturing talent in the next generation by providing important opportunities to develop key skills for use throughout their lives.
Chief Executive Officer,
As an education company we talk regularly to young people, parents and employers about what sorts of skills they want to see developed in our education system. The answer is clear: young people want the blend of academic and practical skills that will enable them to make a success in their future careers - and employers want that too. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award embodies so many of those skills.
RB is a keen supporter of the DofE as it equips young people with the fundamental leadership skills imperative to becoming part of the working society of the future. Young people are nearly three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population, the largest gap in more than 20 years, according to an analysis of official figures. It seems that more than ever, young people need assistance in becoming the future leaders of businesses and of their own careers. As a company who looks to hire empowered young leaders, RB recognises the benefits of the DofE, allowing young people to be more active in their own future and work towards a path of success
Success in the workplace goes beyond academic achievement, which is why the DofE initiative is invaluable in helping young people to develop key practical skills that are highly applicable in the working environment. DofE provides a challenging but rewarding experience for young people that champions team work and leadership, builds self-confidence and develops an innovative mind-set. Those with a DofE Award are recognised by employers as ambitious, self-motivated, team players that are committed to achieving their goals, attributes which will help them to stand out in a competitive workplace.
I have many happy memories of my DofE years at school. I was humbled, reading to those who couldn't see, I built pathways in the Lake District, I met The Duke of Edinburgh at the palace and, more importantly, I did things I wouldn't otherwise have done. Life is about facing up to a challenge and enjoying it and DofE certainly supports this ethos. I truly believe it really helped shape the person I am today and would really recommend it to anyone.
Corporate Relations Director,
We're a big supporter of giving young people development and employment opportunities, whether they're at school, college or university. That's why, in the UK & Ireland, we offer work experience programmes, a junior chef academy, internships and graduate schemes. We've also recently committed to doubling the number ot apprenticeship opportunities we offer to school leavers to 1,000, making us one of the ten largest providers in the country. We support the work of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award as we recognise the importance of giving young people the training and skills they need tor the workplace and in lite more generally.
Former Group Chief Executive,
Compass Group PLC
At B&Q, working closely with the community, building strong teams and having pride in your work are all aspects core to who we are, along with our 'you can do it' attitude. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a fantastic opportunity to develop these skills as well as gaining a real sense of achievement and having fun at the same time. Therefore, we are really proud to support The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and how it supports and prepares young people for working life.
We believe in attracting the most capable people with diverse knowledge, skills and experience to our organisation. programmes like The Duke of Edinburgh's Award are a great way for young individuals to develop their self-confidence, leadership and teamwork skills in preparation for the challenges of personal and professional life.
Acting Group Director,
Anglo American PLC
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award provides young people fantastic opportunities and experiences, and helps them to develop important skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership. They also foster an environment where participants learn to trust the skills of their colleagues and develop respect for each other. All this creates a strong foundation not just to build a career in business but for life generally. We are proud to endorse the DofE.
Tate & Lyle
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an incredible initiative providing inspiration to young people giving them the vital skills and confidence that they need to help achieve their goals. At Burberry we know there are so many young people with the most incredible talent and abilities that just need a little help in channelling them in order to reach their full potential. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award allows them to do just that and we are very proud to support them.
Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer,
We consider the skills and experience gained through doing the DofE equips individuals who complete it with good life skills which gives them an advantage in the business environment. The DofE encourages participants to develop their ability not only to use their initiative to solve critical problems but also to manage themselves and their time in demanding situations. To successfully complete their DofE programme they often need to work both as a team and at times individually, learning when to lead and when to contribute under direction. All of these are essential components for individuals who want to succeed in business. Meeting targets in a timely, organised and efficient way are also important elements of a DofE programme which are reflected in business. For all these reasons an individual who can demonstrate successful completion of their DofE will always have an advantage over other candidates when all other things are equal.
Admiral Scaffolding Group
With nearly a million young people not in work, training or education, the DofE offers a positive alternative to the next generation to develop essential skills for work and for lite. We can give young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to do their DofE, allowing them to reach their full potential.
Capital & Counties Properties PLC
With nearly a million young people not in work, training or education, the DofE offers a positive alternative to the next generation to develop essential skills for work and for life. We can give young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to do their DofE, allowing them to reach their full potential.
Representative Deputy Lieutenant of London,
Borough of Hillingdon
Participating in the DofE helps young people gain skills that employers seek and value. Problem solving, teamwork, communication and a curiosity to get involved with things you hadn't thought of previously are attributes that our organisation looks for in prospective employees. The DofE gives you all of these and so much more.
Chief Executive of Europe and Australia,
What really makes student and graduate applicants stand out from the crowd in a saturated market is having credentials like The Duke of Edinburgh's Award on their CV. Not only does it show initiative, resilience and determination but it demonstrates that the individual is proactive about their own development. It highlights ambition and a drive for self-improvement because they have chosen to invest in themselves to learn new skills and strategic thinking. Without a doubt, it's an impressive Award to have achieved and we continue to support that.
We fully support the DofE Skills for Work campaign and its aim to develop initiative, problem-solving and communication skills among young people. All of these skills play a key part in a career in engineering. The United Kingdom now faces many challenges in developing the infrastructure needed for future generations, having skilled and inspired young people to help meet this exciting challenge is critical it we are to succeed.
Professor Dr Uwe Krueger
Chief Executive Officer,
"We recognise that young people doing their DofE bring the skills we're looking for. Traditional learning changes what you know, but does it change how you feel, believe, or your values? Possibly not. But we feel the DofE does. And we've gone one step further: we look for it on CVs and we offer the chance to do a Gold DofE programme to our own colleagues."
Head of Training,
Travis Perkins plc
I love nothing more than investing in youth. I think they have so much to offer if given the right opportunities and support. I see so many get stifled and dismissed based on assumptions that they can't add value to a business. I think there are hidden gems among loads of young people and its up to managers to identity and champion them. I see groups of kids over the park when I walk the dog and yes they can look intimidating but when you talk to them, in the right way, there's manners, opinions and a pleasant attitude to be found amongst them. We have an 18 year old who joined us at 16 and she is fantastic, bringing enthusiasm, energy and exuberance to the company. I personally nave 3 children (18, 13, 9) and I want all 3 of them to benefit and learn from the DofE ethics and process. I think that even Just signing up for the DofE shows the characteristics I look for and value.
Intelligent Global Group Ltd
The DofE is a enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development which is of the highest quality and widest reach. Employees who have gained their DofE Award before employment or as part of their apprenticeship training demonstrate outstanding levels of self-confidence, self-reliance and leadership skills. These traits help them deliver outstanding service to customers and build brilliant careers for themselves.
At Boots UK, we're passionate about supporting young people to grow their confidence, improve their well-being and achieve their full potential. We admire the work that the DofE has done over the last 60+ years, and its shared commitment to supporting young people. We're always delighted to see young people joining Boots UK who have achieved their Award.
Apprenticeship and Access to Work Programme Manager,
The DofE Award is well recognised for marking out young people with the determination to take on challenges that push their limits and learn from the inevitable setbacks along the way. But above everything it's about learning to work with, and understand, people of all backgrounds and as a team. That's why M&S values people who achieve DofE Awards.
Marks & Spencer Group plc
We fully support The Duke of Edinburgh's Award's Skills for Work campaign. We strongly believe that young people can develop some of the essential skills they need such as self confidence, leadership, teamwork and communication - skills essential for their preparation for the challenges of professional life and enable them to realise their full potential through participation in the scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award gives every young person the opportunity to shine, whether that be through sports, volunteering, developing a new skill or completing their expedition. Teamwork, resilience, commitment, confidence and a sense of fun are all attributes we look for in our staff at Sky; the DofE teaches these and so much more. At Sky we 'Believe in Better', the DofE shows how that belief can become a reality for anyone of any ability or background
At Arqiva, we would certainly value the DofE on any young person's CV or application. It shows that the individual has taken initiative, worked effectively in a team, overcome challenges and problems and been prepared to push themselves outside their normal comfort zone, qualities we'd certainly want in any of our employees.
Learning and Development Manager,
We actively seek candidates to come to us from all walks of life, who have a range of skills to bring to employers. In particular, DofE Award holders have an advanced level of communication, problem solving, motivation and time management abilities that are vital for all businesses. Even more than this, the DofE Skills for Work campaign is an extremely valuable means to impart positivity and enable growth and development in the lives of young people, including those from challenging backgrounds. Through the DofE, young people feel they can achieve, inspire and make their mark in society!
Dr Tim watts DL
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award provides a marvellous framework to equip young people for life and work, and inspires them to achieve great things. ICC Solutions was delighted to partner with the DofE to introduce "Exporting Excellence". This initiative is intended to ignite a passion for export within young people, and inspire them with the confidence that they can embrace opportunities to do business within the global marketplace. This partnership is testament to the vision and passion that the DofE has about giving young people the opportunity to further develop their personal attributes and qualities.
The LifeZone is an exclusive and free site for DofE Award holders and participants designed to help them describe the skills they develop through their DofE on their CVs and applications and learn how to talk about them at interviews.
Find out more about how Lifezone can prepare you for the workplace and how to get involved.