DWF 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, including St Augustine’s RC High School in Edinburgh and Govan High School in Glasgow. The programme focuses on working with aspirational young people from low income backgrounds and provides them with a practical framework enabling them to improve confidence, build resilience and develop key employability skills for the future.
Due to the success of the initiative, DWF has rolled out a significant programme of activity to support almost 900 students across the UK – helping to improve social mobility in its local communities.
The Scottish Business in the Community Awards celebrates best practice from Scottish businesses that are taking action to create a fairer and more sustainable Scotland.
5 STAR Futures was founded by DWF lawyer Simon Price, who commented:"We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Closing the Education Gap award. The success of the programme is testimony to the incredible pupils and schools we work with and the dedication of our people who volunteer their time.
"Our aim is to improve social mobility and through initiatives, like 5 STAR Futures, and long term partnerships with schools we want to tackle educational inequality and stop social background determining a young person’s future."
Overall winners will be announced in Edinburgh at the Scottish Business in the Community awards on 23 June 2015.