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Power worker strikes gold

Power worker Danyaal Parvez is celebrating after facing some tough challenges and gaining his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

From News & press - 26 April 2021 12:00 AM

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The former apprentice, who is now a qualified jointer for UK Power Networks, said the training sessions and expedition on Snowdonia took him out of his comfort zone and explained: “I had never gone camping or hiking. At one point I wanted to quit but I couldn’t let the team down. It’s mind over matter.”

Daanyal who lives in Edmonton and works in Enfield for the power company, found his first training session on Exmoor was tougher than for others, as it was during the month of Ramadan and he was fasting from sunrise to sunset.

A delighted Daanyal, who spent his volunteering time helping to organise fundraising events to raise money for a hospital in Pakistan, now says: “Looking back I am happy that I did it. It’s an experience you never forget.”

He feels it is “a really good scheme” that built his confidence and the skills he gained have helped him in his job. “If you have the opportunity to do DofE then 100% I say do it”.

Since 2016 all apprentices who join the utility company have been taking part in the scheme founded by the late Duke of Edinburgh. The latest cohort were presented with their Gold Awards by HRH the Earl of Wessex. Another 35 apprentices have recently finished their award after completing all five sections which involve several challenges including learning a skill, volunteering and training and completing a four-day camping expedition. 

Nigel Grapes, engineering trainees team leader, paid tribute to the scheme and its founder: “The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is often a life changing experience and for many it will assist in the personal development of each individual by helping them understand the importance of working as a team and being able to deal with adversity.

“It is also an enabler, which will focus students in understanding the importance of safe working whilst being able to challenge poor behaviours. It’s also FUN. Many of these benefits may not appear in the individual for several years, but will manifest in their individual “makeup” and provide them with memories that will later support their career and life choices.”

The Gold Award recipients are now awaiting an invitation to collect their awards.