Wilson James invests in its employees by partnering with the DofE

Wilson James invests in its employees by partnering with the DofE

 The UK’s leading youth charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, has launched a new partnership with Wilson James to enable more young people to take part in the DofE and better their life prospects.

The Charity has been partnering with businesses for ten years as part of its award-winning ‘DofE Business’ initiative to give young employees the opportunity to do their DofE through their employer. Companies that run DofE Business have found it speeds up young people’s development, makes them better at their jobs, and fosters the skills, attitudes and attributes that employers are crying out for.

The new charity partnership will see Wilson James (WJ) staff under the age of 25 being offered the opportunity to do their Gold DofE, as part of WJ’s apprenticeship, undergraduate or graduate programme. To achieve their Gold Award, employees will complete all the DofE sections, including Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential, with a focus on developing valuable skills for business such as team-working, commitment, determination, communication and a positive approach to work.

In addition, Wilson James’ staff of all ages will be taking part in the DofE’s Diamond Challenge, a celebratory fundraising initiative in the Charity’s 60th anniversary year. As part of Wilson James’ celebrations marking 25 years in business, staff will learn a new skill or take on a personal or physical challenge.

DofE Business is backed by leading British employers and organisations who share a common goal; to invest in the future of young people, in business and the UK. As part of the initiative, Wilson James will support the Charity towards its aim of 2 million young people in the UK benefitting from their DofE  year by 2020, regardless of any barriers. This is an ambitious target and the aim is to significantly increase those participating from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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 qualifications, and that’s where we come in. Employers tell us they are actively looking for our Award holders at interview. For young people wanting to get a job, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can make a real difference. The DofE transforms lives and we are delighted to have the support of Wilson James giving more young people a better chance to lead a more productive and fulfilled adult life.”

Mark Dobson, CEO of Wilson James, said: “ We are delighted to become a corporate partner of the DofE. The DofE helps change the life chances for young people; both within WJ and in our local communities. Young people are the future of our business and we absolutely believe that supporting them through their DofE will help us attract and retain talent. Taking on the Diamond Challenge in this special anniversary year also means we’re offering everyone in the business a chance to go the extra mile and raise money for a fantastic cause. I am really looking forward to seeing what our people will achieve through this important partnership.” 

 To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit


 Wilson James provides security, logistics and business services across a range of sectors. Its main security offering is corporate manned guarding and in the construction industry it is a well-known specialist logistics subcontractor. The business also delivers specialist security and logistics solutions to the aviation industry.

 Founded in 1991, Wilson James now employs more than 3,000 people and works with some of the biggest brand names in the UK.

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