Last year we teamed up with Lawrence Dallaglio to provide new opportunities for vulnerable young people across the West Midlands through his Dallaglio RugbyWorks initiative.
Here our CEO Stephen Hunt examines our reasons for doing so, and asks businesses across the region one simple question – what will your impact be this year?
I have long believed that as businesses we have a responsibility to support and nurture the communities in which we operate. After all they are, for the most part, the same communities our employees return to after a hard day at work. They also provide the talent pipeline that is so important to a thriving, growing businesses.
Here at BNP Paribas Personal Finance, we work all year round to support the communities around our bases in Solihull and Belfast and actively encourage our colleagues to go out and work in the community. In fact, you’ll find many excellent examples of this among the blog pages on this very website.
But as a business we felt we needed to do even more, and so last year we became a supporting partner of the Dallaglio RugbyWorks initiative.
This programme resonates with us here at BNP Paribas Personal Finance. Being based in the West Midlands we have access to a vibrant community full of talented individuals – but the fact remains that the region has some of the highest youth unemployment rates in the UK. It doesn’t have to be this way, nor should it become the perceived norm.
For us, RugbyWorks represents an opportunity to make a difference by fundamentally shifting the way that young people from the most challenging backgrounds think about their futures. We need to get them thinking about the skills they will need to develop in order to maximise their opportunities in the workplace.
And that’s where you can help us. Whether it’s by making a small donation to the charity itself, helping to mentor a student, or hosting a career taster day to provide inspiration for what a future career might hold in store, there are lots of ways you can get involved and support the young people taking part in the programme.
So why not make it your New Year’s resolution to get involved and make a difference to young people in the local community in 2019? After all it’s good for the region and its residents – and it’s not too bad for business, either.
For more information on Dallaglio RugbyWorks please visit http://www.dallagliorugbyworks.com/