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Mentoring students in partnership with the Outward Bound Trust

A huge thank you to the 15 colleagues from across DHL who teamed up to support 180 students on a recent week-long outdoor education residential with GoTeach UK partner The Outward Bound Trust.


In preparation for the residential, the colleagues organised Selection and Introduction Sessions with over 200 students from GoTeach partners Schools in Nottingham, Northampton, Peterborough and Dunstable. These sessions are an important part of helping students develop their skills and prepare for their week-long outdoor education residential with The Outward Bound Trust.

The Selection Day provides students with the opportunity to gain a place on the programme by experiencing an assessment centre and practice their teamwork, leadership, presentation and communication skills.

The Introduction day prepares the successful students for their week-long outdoor education residential with The Outward Bound Trust and involves skills audits and goal setting with the students and colleague mentors.









The Outdoor Education Residential

The outdoor education residential supports students to develop confidence, resilience and life skills through an action packed week of comfort-zone busting activities including rafting, hiking, wild camping and the famous jog and dip.

 “What an incredible week! It was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done to watch and see a group of young adults achieve so much over one week- I’m really proud of everyone who took part this year, a massive thank you to both DHL Foundation and The Outward Bound Trust for making it so successful.” Brogan Halsey, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, DHL Supply Chain

The students travelled to The Outward Bound Outdoor Activity Centre in Aberdovey, Wales and were supported by DHL colleagues from IT, Operations, Transport, Talent Acquisition, Tradeteam, Solutions Design, Procurement, Retail, Finance and DHL Express.

At the end of the week the team were visited by Chris Stephens, Foundation Chairman and DHL Supply Chain UK&I CEO Paul Dyer who said: “I’m incredibly proud of all of the DHL team who are supporting students with the GoTeach programme. I witnessed first-hand how much the students and colleagues have grown in confidence and developed their skills – it was hugely inspiring and I’d encourage you all to get involved.”

A key element of the programme is that the colleagues not only support the students before and during the residential, but also support with post-residential activities including an Employability Skills Workshop, a visit to a local DHL Site and a CV & Interview Skills Workshop. The Foundation team are busy planning these activities over the next 12 months.

To find out more about the GoTeach programme email GoTeachUK@dhl.com and click here to  learn more about our partnership with The Outward Bound Trust.