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FMA supports 2021 Bennelong Cup

NRL School to Work graduates participate in the 2020 Bennelong Cup.

The Facility Management Association (FMA) has once again thrown its support behind the Bennelong Cup, which will be held in Sydney on Friday 26 February 2021. This annual event aims to raise awareness of the National Rugby League's (NRL's) School to Work and Souths Cares programs, which assist Indigenous people in transitioning into meaningful work or tertiary education. The event also opens the door to career pathways in facilities management (FM), while diversifying the industry with the next generation of facilities professionals.

"The Association is proud to support the 2021 Bennelong Cup," said FMA Chief Executive Nicholas Burt. "Indigenous people and businesses already make up an invaluable part of the industry, bringing unique skills, knowledge and perspectives. Given the many and varied employment opportunities available within FM, we believe the industry is well placed to build on this success."   

The Association is committed to enhancing diversity, last year launching its Indigenous Engagement webpage – an initiative of the Diversity Portfolio Group, which aims to support opportunities and career paths for Indigenous people and businesses within the FM industry.

Shaun Humphries, NRL School to Work Program Manager, noted that facilities management – as one of Australia's biggest employment areas – is a target employment sector. “The Bennelong Cup has helped us reach this industry and access some of the country’s largest employers,” he said.

In 2021, FM organisations including BGIS, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield will return to participate in the Bennelong Cup. For BGIS, the Bennelong Cup has become a significant event on the company calendar.

“We have successfully placed several young Indigenous men and women into trade apprenticeships, business support roles and more recently sponsoring a business administration traineeship,” said Brad Robbins from BGIS. “We continue to work closely with the NRL to create further employment opportunities within our business.”

The Bennelong Cup will kick off with a game of touch football at Randwick Barracks, with 14 teams led by former NRL players including Cliff Lyons and Steve Menzies. This will be followed by a luncheon at Souths Juniors main auditorium to celebrate the achievements of the NRL and South Cares programs, hear from recent School to Work graduates, and help identify employment opportunities. 

Gaven Sheehan from Bennelong Energy Services (BES), who launched the Bennelong Cup in 2018 along with his business partners Cliff Lyons and Steve Freeman, said that this is the fourth year that BES will host the event in partnership with the NRL. “By placing business leaders and students together in a relaxed social environment, barriers are broken down,” he said.

Sheehan was awarded the 2020 FM Industry Award for Leadership in Diversity in Industry for his work creating and championing the Bennelong Cup.

For more information about the Bennelong Cup
please contact Gaven Sheehan from BES: | 0413 985 081