Amey’s investment in the DofE provides young people with a lifeline – equipping them for everything life will throw at them in the aftermath of the pandemic, so they are confident, resilient and ready for the future. In keeping with Amey’s belief and aspiration to transform local communities, and creating a sustainable future for young people, all their apprentices and young talent are offered the opportunity of doing the Gold DofE Award – the perfect framework to help support young people’s self-development and mental health; bringing out characteristics of self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and communications, key to helping Amey’s business thrive. Amey’s DofE-based development programme is designed specifically to help young people negotiate a tough jobs market and learn practical skills that will give them real, long-term career prospects.

“Amey has a long history with, and are proud partners of, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We have seen first-hand the powerful impact the challenges and opportunities its self-development programme has had on our own young employees. Achieving an Award brings a real sense of success. It empowers young people to navigate the challenges of life and work better, builds resilience, confidence and the ability to adapt to unforeseen events and change.

Since we began supporting the DofE in 2003, more than 500 of our young people have gained new skills through their Gold DofE Award. Strengthening the life skills of young people is even more vital when the Covid-19 pandemic has shaken our understanding of what is normal and created so many uncertainties. “Amey has a strong social foundation; we have a clear mission in our Social Value Plan of opening doors, educating and improving the skills of people across the communities we serve. Being a strategic partner of the DofE plays an important part in that mission, opening doors for many more young people to the benefit an Award can bring. The Duke of Edinburgh’s vision and legacy lives on through our partnership with the DofE charity.”

Amanda Fisher, Chief Executive