On Wednesday, 9 March 2011, Westminster Education Business Partnerships (EBP) held an employer celebration to recognise the role that businesses can play in supporting local schools and helping young people with their education. BNP Paribas UK received an award acknowledging its commitment to work-related learning.
The award is a tribute to the numerous staff members who have volunteered in local initiatives over the last few years. Over 60 members of staff go into local schools on a weekly basis to help primary school children with their reading and maths, and tutoring secondary school students in preparation for their A-level language exams. BNP Paribas volunteers make up over 30% of Westminster’s total reading and number partners.
BNP Paribas has worked with local schools since 2001, and has put particular focus on developing the schools programme in the community over the past three years. A programme called Rise Up is a product of this development. The innovative project has brought a team of business volunteers made up of employees from BNP Paribas and one other Westminster business, together with a group of seven young people at-risk of dropping out of school. Through Rise Up, launched in January 2011, the young people will design an advertising campaign about stereotypes and domestic violence.