Denis Law Legacy Trust Positive Destinations programme has been awarded the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Bronze Level Quality Accreditation.
The programme aims to make sure that each young person is given the best possible opportunities to make steps towards their dream job. Positive Destinations is currently in its infancy stages, having run for the first time this year in Torry, through a partnership with Aberdeen Asset Management.
Although this is the first year that the programme has run, all eight participants are still involved in the programme and an additional Positive Destinations initiative launched during the first week of November, involving a partnership between Northfield and Nexen.
Anybody who lives in the Northfield area and is aged between 16-19 years is eligible to apply – regardless of educational or employment status.
In exchange for taking part in the Positive Destinations programme, participants must commit to a number of volunteer hours with The Denis Law Legacy Trust’s Streetsport programme. This is not only an opportunity for each participant to develop their CV and skills, but also to meet new people and give back to the local community.
The DYW Quality Accreditation is being awarded at Bronze, Silver and Gold Level to companies which offer initiatives or programmes that encourage and improve the employment & training of young people, aged 3-24, while meeting a core set of requirements to support the development of excellence in the North East.
There are no costs associated with the accreditation – the aim is purely to promote and celebrate the successful work of Employability Providers already taking place.
The purpose is not to deem one initiative or programme more successful than another, but rather to support, promote and celebrate the Employability Training Providers which aim to better prepare young people for the world of work.
Streetsport Development Officer Mark Williams said: “Our Positive Destinations programmes are designed to help young people set out to achieve their dream job. It’s about raising their aspirations and helping making a difference to young people who need these opportunities the most.
“Having the support of like-minded organisations like Nexen and Aberdeen Asset Management makes programmes like Positive Destinations as successful as they are and achieving accreditation from DYW proves that what we do is making a difference.”
Dominic Kite, of the Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that the Streetsport Positive Destinations Torry initiative has achieved this DYW status. As a company founded in Aberdeen, we are very proud of our roots and being able to support the local community is very important to us.
“Together with Streetsport and Nexen, we are helping youngsters to achieve their personal ambitions and provide that next positive destination for them to move onto. It’s very rewarding to see.”
Ray Riddoch, Managing Director UK and SVP Europe of Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited, said: “Nexen has a long standing focus on supporting the communities within which we operate. The Positive Destinations programme is an important vehicle in creating strong communities and providing valuable opportunities for young people to achieve their potential, be resilient and be the best they can be. We’re delighted this great initiative has been recognised with the Bronze DYW award.”