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 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.

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