Mon, 26 Nov 2018

At BNP Paribas Personal Finance, we firmly believe in the importance of helping young people gain skills for the workplace and that’s why we’ve teamed up with England rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio to bring his Dallaglio RugbyWorks programme to the West Midlands.

The three-year working partnership will see BNP Paribas in the West Midlands fund much of the charity’s work as it launches its programme across the region, and by 2021 Dallaglio and his team aim to enable 80% of Year 12 students to sustain their place in further education, training courses or employment.

Dallaglio RugbyWorks uses the power of rugby to help teenagers who have fallen out of mainstream education to access opportunities for training and employment. Not wanting to waste any time, the coaches are already on site at seven Alternative Provision (AP) facilities across the West Midlands helping to leverage rugby’s values of discipline, respect and commitment to help change the young people’s lives.

Our reason for supporting the charity is simple – we are passionate about making a tangible change to the lives of underprivileged teenagers in the West Midlands. We want to make a positive, local impact and, with four BNP Paribas businesses and more than 1,000 employees in the West Midlands, we saw the transformative role we could play in helping RugbyWorks launch its support and development network in the region.

Over the next three years, we want to lead the charge in getting other local businesses on board to help Dallaglio RugbyWorks double the amount of young people it can help. RugbyWorks’ unique approach gives teenagers a second chance in life, and we are honoured to be a part of it.

To celebrate this exciting partnership, we had the privilege of joining Lawrence Dallaglio, Dallaglio RugbyWorks coaches and young people from the programme for a RugbyWorks training session at the City of Birmingham School, Kings Centre, before visiting our head office in Solihull.

Our employees were able to hear directly from Lawrence Dallaglio as he talked about the seven AP schools in the West Midlands who will be hosting the first RugbyWorks programmes and explained how the charity is really making a difference to disadvantaged youngsters.

Dallaglio left us with this message: “I am extremely grateful to BNP Paribas for supporting our work in the West Midlands for the next three years. Young people on our RugbyWorks programme are three times more likely to pass Maths & English Level 2 and twice as likely to still be in education, employment or training 12 months after leaving school.

We are currently working with over 700 young people nationally and I’m immensely proud that of our most recent group of tracked Year 12 students, 88% remain in education, employment or training 12 months after leaving their AP.  The national average for Alternative Provision leavers is only 50% after just six months which gives us confidence that we really are making a profound impact.  I am looking forward to working in partnership with BNP Paribas in the West Midlands to extend this important work and help young people here achieve their full potential.”

A key focus of our partnership with Dallaglio RugbyWorks is to give young people an insight into the world of work through career taster days that enable young people to experience a day with an organisation to see the breadth of different job opportunities that exist.  If you'd like to pledge your support in offering the opportunity for a job taster day please email: tom@dallagliorugbyworks.com

To find out more about the vital work Dallaglio RugbyWorks is doing in the West Midlands, visit: http://www.dallagliorugbyworks.com/