St. James’s Place joins forces with the DofE

The UK’s leading youth charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), has launched a new Strategic Partnership with St. James’s Place Wealth Management (SJP) to inspire, guide and support more young people to do their DofE and improve their life chances.

In 2018, SJP will support the DofE in its mission to reach and help more young people from all backgrounds. This partnership will help to fuel the DofE Charity’s ambition to reach 350,000 young people per year by 2021, including 70,000 from disadvantage backgrounds.

The Strategic Partnership will see SJP’s apprentices under the age of 25 given the opportunity to do their Gold DofE alongside their formal training. To achieve their DofE, apprentices will complete five challenging  sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential – over at least 18 months, with a focus on developing valuable work skills such as team-working, resilience, and good communication.

The DofE and SJP  will work together to inspire more young people to complete their DofE, profiling career opportunities available to young people and the value employers place on candidates who demonstrate skills fostered by achieving an Award.

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE 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 qualfications, and that’s where we come in. The DofE transforms lives and we are delighted to have the support of St. James’s Place, giving more young people a better chance to lead a more productive and fulfilled life.”

Jonathan McMahon, Joint Chief Operations Officer at SJP said: “I think the DofE matters more than ever in the UK today. St. James’s Place support for the DofE is our way of endorsing its work, thanking it for its work with young people, and a way of saying that we share its values, its focus on young people, and the desire to see them succeed and do better in the world of work.”

 St. James’s Place joins a small group of Strategic Partners including Amey, British Gas and Heathrow – businesses that endorse the skills young people develop by doing the DofE, and who back the DofE’s vision of equipping all young people to succeed in life, regardless of background or circumstance. 

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award notes to editors – figures correct as of 2016/17 stats

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that is currently helping 420,000 young people to develop for life and work in the UK. In 2016/2017, over 270,000 young people started a DofE programme, including nearly 50,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in 10,800 DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, supported by over 2,600 partner organisations and approximately 40,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.

In total, over six million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.7 million Awards since 1956. In 2016/2017, 133,369 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE is supported by UK employers including Amey, St. James’s Place, Tarmac, British Gas, DFS, Heathrow and RSM who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, No 1072453. There are more than one million young people currently participating globally in more than 140 countries and territories.


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