ScottishPower is hosting a partnership event at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre today (19th April) with the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award, which the company supports, as part of its £1m investment in youth development in North West England and North Wales.
At a time when the energy industry is facing an impending skills gap, ScottishPower is investing in a new generation of engineers who will be required to help deliver significant upgrades to the electricity network in the coming years.
The energy company is working towards this by supporting a number of grassroots skills development programmes during the 2011-13 period including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, pre-apprentice schools programmes, and technical partnerships with colleges and universities to develop young people’s life skills, enhancing their future employability and career prospects.
As well as a Scholarship partnership with Liverpool University, the company is also working with West Cheshire College on a pre-apprenticeship programme and has now spoken to more than 160,000 pupils in schools across Merseyside and North Wales as part of its PowerWise and Crucial Crew safety initiatives.
Today’s event marks the first anniversary of the successful partnership with the DofE awards in the Merseyside area. To date almost 800 young people from nine partner schools in Merseyside are being supported by ScottishPower’s specially trained staff, DofE representatives and their dedicated teachers, to help them achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award this year.
ScottishPower employees were joined at the event by representatives of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme as well as Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern and partner schools from Wirral, Merseyside and Knowsley which are currently participating in the Award programme and benefitting from this major investment.
Pupils from the partner schools were also on-hand to give a first person account of their experience of the DofE programme and the benefits they have found in terms of their development which will support their future career aspirations and ambitions.
Ann Loughrey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at ScottishPower, said:
“ScottishPower is committed to helping the next generation develop the necessary skills to succeed. It is fantastic that we are already seeing results from this partnership with young people successfully working towards and completing their Awards.
“Our investment in young people reinforces our commitment to the communities in which we are based, as well as ensuring that the energy sector is strongly equipped for the future.”
Robbie Johnson, North West Director of Duke of Edinburgh Awards, said:
“The partnership between Scottish Power and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award across Merseyside has been instrumental in giving hundreds of young people an opportunity to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
“The DofE is the world’s best personal development programme for young people and has been proven to develop key employability skills including leadership, decision making, confidence and team working. The programme also helps young people become better citizens whilst making a huge contribution to society.
“On behalf of the participants and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity, I thank ScottishPower for helping to improve so many young lives and hope that even more young people from the area will benefit in the future.”
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