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Bidvest Foodservice drives partnership with Dallaglio Foundation forward

Bidvest Foodservice, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, is bolstering support for charity partner, the Dallaglio Foundation by hosting employability events at its depots to inspire pupils to plan for a better future.

Teams from Bidvest Foodservice depots in Gateshead and Chepstow welcomed pupils from the Dallaglio Foundation’s RugbyWorks programme in June. The purpose of pupils’ visits was to learn about the employment opportunities available within Bidvest Foodservice and inspire them to make positive life choices.

The half day employability sessions kicked off with a presentation by the general managers about the wide ranging roles available within Bidvest Foodservice, before pupils embarked on a depot tour for a behind the scenes look at how Bidvest Foodservice teams deliver great food to the company’s 60,000 customers nationwide. Fun learning activities, a presentation highlighting the opportunities for career progression at the company and a Q&A session rounded off their visits.

The sessions strengthen Bidvest Foodservice’s ongoing partnership with the Dallaglio Foundation. Bidvest has been supporting the foundation’s annual Cycle Slam charity bike ride event since 2010, with Chief Executive Andrew Selley taking part in a stage at each one.  The employment taster days build upon this ongoing existing relationship.

Former England Rugby Captain Lawrence Dallaglio set up the Dallaglio Foundation in 2009 with the goal of supporting disengaged young people to become more employable through the power of rugby.

The foundation’s RugbyWorks programme helps young people aged 14-16 years change their lives for the better through the game of rugby and its value, and aims to leave them more employable, socially responsible and confident to make positive decisions to make the most of their lives.

Heather Angus, People and Sustainability Director at Bidvest Foodservice said:

“Connecting with the communities in which we operate is a priority for the business and Bidvest Foodservice will be supporting the annual Dallaglio Cycle Slam in 2016. Andrew will be cycling a stage again next year too.”

“The purpose of these visits was to open pupils’ eyes to the variety of employment opportunities available and develop their aspirations for the future, and the feedback from everyone who participated has been tremendous.”

Mitchell Wyllis, a pupil at Tonypandy Community College who visited the Chepstow depot said: “I enjoyed my day at Bidvest Foodservice – especially the experience of going into the freezer room and learning all about the different jobs available and the different products they sell.”

Bidvest Foodservice has plans to roll out more employability taster days for the Dallaglio Foundation at other depots and offer mock interview and CV workshops.

Earlier this month the Dallaglio Foundation awarded Bidvest Foodservice its ‘Corporate Partner of the year’ award.  The accolade was in recognition of the company’s regular participation in the Cycle Slam event and its support through the RugbyWorks scheme.

Date posted: 20/07/2015
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