Apprentices from leading public services provider Amey will give Bath Youth Hostel a makeover on Tuesday 15th March, to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (14th – 18th March).
The event highlights the positive impact of the apprentices’ longer-term volunteering to achieve their Gold DofE Award, which involves them giving their time to local communities week in, week out, taking part in activities such as working in charity shops and coaching children’s sports teams.
Amey enables each of its apprentices to do their DofE as part of its rounded apprenticeship programme.
The apprentices will be undertaking various tasks for YHA Bath including the painting of the hostel’s interior and gardening.
In total, 11 hostels throughout the UK will benefit from Amey apprentice makeovers during Scottish and National Apprenticeship Weeks.
Chief Executive of Amey Mel Ewell said: “We are extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme and the work we do to support both the professional and personal development of young people.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award allows our apprentices to gain crucial teamwork and leadership skills that serve them throughout their career.
“I am delighted that our apprentices are able to offer their support to the YHA this National Apprenticeship Week.”
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE, said: “As a partner of the DofE Charity for 14 years, Amey has long supported the development of young people and local communities.
“Through the Volunteering section of their DofE programmes apprentices give back to others whilst developing valuable skills and attributes for both life and work.
“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Amey, YHA and SYHA on such a worthwhile project that will have far-reaching benefits within local communities and the apprentices’ own personal and professional development.”
Phil Maddock, YHA (England and Wales) Operations Manager South West, said: “The apprentices will make a real difference to both the Youth Hostel and the charity.
“They are undertaking much-needed redecoration and maintenance that otherwise we would have had to spend money on.
“Volunteers help us save money and every penny we save means more can be invested in the network giving young people and their families a great experience when they stay with us, whether that’s part of a school trip or a holiday.”