Young British Gas employees shine brightly with the DofE

Young employees from British Gas, a Gold Supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, met at St James’s Palace on Wednesday 15th May to receive their prestigious DofE Gold Award from His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Two hundred young apprentices celebrated their success, bringing the total number of employees from British Gas Services to have completed their Gold DofE programme to 2,000, which includes 170 on course to achieve this year. During the event the efforts of the apprentices were recognised by senior management at British Gas Services, entrepreneur and former Dragon, Theo Paphitis and actress Joanna Lumley.

The determined employees dedicated their time to a diverse range of challenges for a period of at least 18 months, working diligently through five sections of the esteemed Award programme: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential, equating to a staggering 280 hours of personal investment time.

All British Gas young apprentices take part in their Gold DofE programme as it has been shown to speed up young people’s development, make them better at their jobs and develops the skills, attitudes and attributes that employers are crying out for in the workplace: commitment, communication skills, leadership and teamwork.

Chris Jansen, Managing Director at British Gas Services said:
“At British Gas, we firmly believe that achieving a DofE Award has a positive effect on performance – it gives our young people the skills to personally grow, develop and to do their jobs even better. It also gives our apprentices the skills, confidence and view on life that we, and our customers, are looking for. By completing their DofE, our young people have made a real difference to their role, other people’s lives and their communities too. As an organisation, we are extremely proud of what they have all achieved.”

Kirsty Williams, an Engineer at British Gas Thatcham Academy who received her Gold DofE Award, said:
“It was such a privilege to collect my Gold DofE Award at St James’s Palace and be part of something so special. Achieving my Gold DofE was extremely challenging, but I’ve become more confident as a person, excelled in my role and it’s opened up doors within British Gas already. I’d recommend the DofE to all young people.”

Entrepreneur ,Theo Paphitis who gave up his time to support and recognise the young people’s achievements said:
“I believe the DofE gives young people the character, attitude and key skills which will allow them to do wonderful things throughout their lives. When I get a CV through, to see the DofE is a big tick in the box because I know they chose to do something that’s really hard. That they took up the challenge and saw it through. Achieving your Gold DofE is a huge tick in the box and really does change lives for the better.”

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