The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
In 2014, Balfour Beatty launched a new partnership with the UK’s leading youth charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, to enable many more young people to take part in the DofE Award and boost their life and work prospects.
This new charity partnership offers employees aged 23 or under at Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business the opportunity to do their Gold DofE Award as part of an 18 month programme. For Balfour Beatty, this is a chance to develop the next generation of future leaders, and provide the right stepping stone from education into the world of work.
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.
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.
Investing in local communities
In addition, each of Balfour Beatty’s young employees will contribute to their local communities by volunteering at least 48 hours of their own time on causes or projects close to their heart. Last year the combined volunteering hours of young people doing their DofE, and adults volunteering for the charity, were worth in excess of £41m to society. Balfour Beatty’s employees, whose work takes them to the heart of local communities the length and breadth of the UK, will now become a part of this huge youth social action movement.
By working in partnership with the DofE we are not only bridging the skills gap in the UK construction industry, but we are making a real commitment to reach as many young people as we can, boosting their aspirations, work readiness and future prospects.