5 STAR Futures is our award-winning community education programme created in 2012. It has won awards from Business in the Community, Liverpool Law Society and Manchester Law Society. The purpose of the scheme is to enable aspirational young people to unlock their potential by developing their confidence and employability skills to become more work ready.

5 STAR Futures Workshops

The main part of the programme involves a group of volunteer coaches from DWF going into local secondary schools for workshops each month. The workshops are delivered by volunteers and topics include workplace behaviours, effective communication and resilience. The final session is the Awards Evening where the pupils each give a speech in front of their guests from home, their classmates and their teachers.


Press and Awards

DWF 5 STAR Futures - BITC Reaccreditation    

5 STAR Futures has been accredited by Business in the Community for two years running.  See what it takes to win the BITC Schools Partnership Award.

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DWF is just one of six companies to be named as a finalist in the school partnership category and has been recognised for its innovative education programme 5 STAR Futures that delivers a range of tailored workshops to over 30 schools across the UK.

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The 2017 programme in Manchester ended with the awards evening where the pupils demonstrate to their teachers, friends and family how far they have come since starting the six-month programme by delivering a two-minute speech, which for most of the pupils is their first time speaking in front of so many people. 

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Several years ago, legal firm DWF moved away from ad hoc community activity to a strategic programme, focusing on the social issues most relevant to its business and communities.

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DWF Liverpool worked in consultation with their partner school, Broadgreen International to identify key priorities and developed a sustainable programme called 5 STAR Futures which runs throughout the academic year.

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Sean Monks from DWF confirms: “5 STAR Futures demonstrates our commitment to the next generation of young people, who will be responsible for the economic success of the country in years to come. Confidence and resilience are two of the most important attributes needed to help young people transition into employment and navigate the world of work. The programme was launched to meet a real requirement by the education sector to find solutions to the challenges it faces, especially that of employment for school leavers.”


“At All Hallows RC High School we strive to provide our students with the very best opportunities to realise their academic potential and to maximise their employability skills. We are in our third year of the 5 STAR Futures programme and the impact has been fantastic. DWF provides experienced professionals from its Manchester office who come into school and work with our students to support the development of their confidence and employability skills and to enable them to become more work ready. The feedback from the students is always great and our partnership with DWF is now an important aspect of our employability programme within the school.”

Paula McIntosh-Kemp, Business Manager at All Hallows RC

“The courage of the students to stand up and speak in front of their families and peers was extraordinary. I was lucky to have participated in one of the 5 STAR Futures sessions in January and the growth in confidence of the students was obvious to see.”

Sophie Hope, North West Education Manager for Business in the Community

"The benefit to our students last year was incredible, and the opportunity to have our new Year 10s take part was too good to pass up. Last year those who took part gained a real insight into the world of work and the mentoring they received really helped them to develop their skills, confidence and resilience. We expect this year will be no different and look forward to continuing our partnership with DWF."

Sally Beevers, Head Teacher at Broadgreen International School

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I am an Associate in the Commercial Insurance team. I advise on and deal with a broad range of insurance-related matters, including employers’ liability and public liability disputes; subrogated recoveries; policy coverage issues; and inquest proceedings.