BGIS, CBRE, Cushman Wakefield and Bennelong Energy Services will take part in the Bennelong Cup to celebrate the NRL School to Work program’s 2020 achievements.
On 26 February 2021, a number of former NRL players including Cliff Lyons (director at Bennelong Energy Services) and Steve Menzies will lead 14 touch football teams at Randwick Barracks vying for the Cup, followed by lunch, where participants in the 2020 NRL School to Work program will share their personal stories.
With funding from the Australian Federal Government, the NRL School to Work Program supports Indigenous participants throughout their senior years of high school and allows them to transition into meaningful education and employment opportunities.
The FM sector has been a target, says program manager Shaun Humphries. “Following participation in the Bennelong Cup, 15 students have been placed in meaningful careers, including electrical, plumbing, fire and sprinkler technicians and carpentry trades,” Humphries says. “It is great to see that students have been able to establish themselves in career pathways that not only support them to develop their career aspirations, but provide access to resources that help to establish successful long-term careers.”
Despite all of 2020’s challenges, a record 500 students in the program graduated this year.
Gaven Sheehan, director at Bennelong Energy Services, a contractor business to the facilities management industry, has employed several students participating in the NRL School to Work program. “By placing business leaders and students together in a relaxed social environment, barriers are broken down,” he says. “The touch football component also includes former Indigenous NRL stars. Finding opportunities for the next generation of tradespeople for the facilities management industry is an important part of its longevity.”
This year’s Cup is the fourth time Bennelong Energy Services has hosted in collaboration with the NRL School to Work team.