Leaders in construction, banking and finance, retail, manufacturing and service industries along with philanthropists and individual supporters attended the dinner, hosted by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO.
The DofE has been working to bridge the gap between school and work for young people since its foundation in 1956. With more than a million young people not in employment, education or training, the DofE is as relevant today as it was half a century ago. Research shows that the DofE develops the skills in young people that employers are looking for, from confidence and commitment to leadership and team-working.
Chairman of the Charity’s Trustees and founder of furniture retailer DFS, Lord Graham Kirkham CVO said,
“Reflecting on last summer’s riots, nothing could be clearer than that it is in our interests, those of our children and our grandchildren – critical, indeed, to the whole future of this country ¬– that we help focus the direction of our young people and give them a grasp of the meaning of citizenship. Now is the time for business to get behind the DofE and support young people.”
Speaking at the event in support of the DofE, Baroness Dame Tanni Grey Thompson OBE said,
“Sport has always been a huge inspiration for me and 2012 is a great opportunity for young people in this country to really show the world what they are made of. The DofE gives young people that sense of positive direction through physical and personal development regardless of barriers, and I would love to see more young people doing their DofE, finding their passion and pursuing it.”
The DofE supports more than 275,000 young people (14-14) every year, enabling those from all backgrounds to succeed, regardless of barriers. The DofE instils a sense of adventure and has a lasting impact on young people’s behaviour, skills and life chances.
The DofE also works with a wide range of UK businesses allowing their employees, trainees and apprentices to benefit from a Gold DofE Award programme. Companies that run DofE Business have found it speeds up young people’s development, makes them better at their jobs, and develops the skills, attitudes and attributes that employers want in their workforce.
The DofE is calling on British business to recognise the DofE Award in their recruitment, partner with the Charity and support young people as they develop skills for life and work at this critical time. Any companies wanting to know more about DofE Business can find more information at www.DofE.org/
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