Tarmac joined thirty businesses at the recent Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) showcase at Heathrow Airport to explore how best to develop young people for life and work by getting involved with the leading UK youth charity.
The event saw HRH The Earl of Wessex, a Trustee of the DofE, and John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow Airport, speak about the range of business benefits of partnering with the DofE, as well as Gold Award holder, Lilia Adomako, share her experiences, which have transformed her life and career.
Tarmac is one of the most recent companies to become a Gold partner of DofE, with the first cohort of under 23 employees working towards goals in each required area to complete their Gold Award including volunteering, physical, skills-based, expeditions and residential activity.
The partnership is among the latest additions to Tarmac’s wide range of professional initiatives aimed at fostering a talented and diverse workforce for the future. Graeme Boylen, HR director at Tarmac, represented the company at the showcase and had the opportunity to meet with HRH The Earl of Wessex to highlight the company’s commitment to developing young people.
Commenting on the event, Graeme said: “We are extremely passionate about helping young people to build better futures and our partnership with DofE is one of the great ways we are supporting this ambition. It was fantastic to attend the event and be part of discussions highlighting the valuable skills which young people can gain from participating in the programme, as well as a great privilege to share our wider approach to youth development with HRH The Earl of Wessex.”
The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award that is currently helping 430,000 young people to develop for life and work in the UK. DofE is supported by leading UK employers including Tarmac, who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.