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Port funding helps Milford Haven pupils achieve Duke of Edinburgh success

09/08/2018

Milford Haven School DofE participants with Dave Somerville, DofE Pembrokeshire; Emma Hutchings, Port of Milford Haven; Ian Gwilym, DofE Wales and Gareth Williams, Milford Haven SchoolMilford Haven School pupils signing up to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are benefiting from new expedition equipment thanks to support from the Port of Milford Haven.

The Port has sponsored the Bronze DofE award and will be working with the Pembrokeshire DofE team to give more school pupils from the area the opportunity to develop their skills and achieve their goals.

The DofE award is a voluntary, non-competitive personal development programme of activities for young people.  It is proven to increase participants’ employability and provides them with plenty of discussion points and examples at interviews as they can demonstrate leadership, team building and organisational skills. 

The group from Milford Haven School recently took part in a successful Bronze practice expedition to Broad Haven and Newgale which involved an overnight camp and two days of walking. The practice enables young people to further develop their team working, map reading and camp craft. It also teaches them the importance of having the right equipment whilst carrying a fully loaded rucksack. The group will soon be completing their qualifying expedition and along with volunteering in their communities, learning a new skill and taking part in regular physical activities.  

Ian Gwilym, Senior Relationships Manager for DofE Wales, said “We are delighted that the Port of Milford Haven is supporting the further development of the DofE in Pembrokeshire by becoming a new Bronze Associate Supporter. It’s fantastic that the company recognises the benefits that young people accomplish from taking part in the programme which helps them develop skills for work and life. Over 11,500 young people enrolled in the DofE across Wales in 2017 and without the charity receiving support from companies like the Port of Milford Haven we would not be able to reach our ambitions for more young people to get involved.”

Anna Malloy, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager, said “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is highly regarded by organisations when it comes to recruitment so we’re pleased to be able to support a programme that equips young people with skills and experiences that will benefit them when they’re ready to enter employment.”

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Photo caption: Milford Haven School DofE participants with Dave Somerville, DofE Pembrokeshire; Emma Hutchings, Port of Milford Haven; Ian Gwilym, DofE Wales and Gareth Williams, Milford Haven School.


Notes to Editors

Port of Milford Haven

The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas.  It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.

The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.

The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock.  Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites.

One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities.  Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes.  All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives.

For further information, visit www.mhpa.co.uk or contact:
Sara Aicken
Port of Milford Haven
01646 696100
sara.aicken@mhpa.co.uk

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