Liverpool school teams up with Veolia to launch new Business in the Community partnership

The Academy of St Francis of Assisi has joined forces with local waste management company Veolia to develop students through the Business in the Community partnership.

The Business in the Community (BITC) partnership was officially launched on Thursday 15th October 2015, marked by a special event at the Academy.
The BITC partnership aims to prevent social background from predicting a young person’s success at school and beyond. Bringing the world of work alive for students, helping them to understand career pathways and the skills they will need to build successful working lives. Employees from Veolia will get the chance to coach and mentor young people, enhancing their own skills as well as supporting young people to reach their full potential.
The launch event was a huge success, with employees from Veolia and BITC joining students, parents, teachers and governors to celebrate the partnership.
The entertainment was second to none, the school samba band opened the event with a brand new arrangement, followed by speeches from the Head Boy and Head Girl, who gave an insight into what the Academy meant to them.
Guests at the event heard from the Vice Principal, Mrs Serena Cubbin, who said: “We believe that our Academy is at the heart of the regeneration of the neighbourhood, encouraging parents as well as students to engage in lifelong learning.  We aim to raise aspirations, expectations and educational achievements for all who come through our doors. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Veolia to achieve these goals”
Jeff Sears, Director at Veolia, also spoke of the partnership: “The partnership is a great opportunity for Veolia to play a part in creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future in the area. The Academy have told us what is important to them and we have worked together to come up with an action plan which we will start delivering this term.”
Sophie Hope, Education Manager at BITC, said: “Veolia and the Academy of St Francis of Assisi have some really interesting plans in store for their Business Class partnership. I am excited about the potential of joining forces with all the partnerships in the Merseyside Business Class Cluster to support the young people in the region.”
The event was brought to a close with a performance from year 7, who sang the Academy song. Guests were then treated to tours of the award winning sustainable building from the Student Leadership Team.

BITC Launch Event: The Academy of St Francis of Assisi samba band.
BITC Launch Event: Jeff Sears, Director at Veolia.
Notes to the Editor
About Veolia UK
Veolia are committed to protecting the environment and improving the lives of the communities in which we operate and have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development and received a Four Star rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index for 2015.
Veolia group is the global leader in optimised resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and helps to replenish them.
In 2014, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.4 billion* in 2014.
(*) 2014 pro-forma figures including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France

About the Academy of St Francis of Assisi
The Academy’s unique specialism is sustainable development and the environment. Our commitment to sustainability can be seen throughout the school. We care about the energy and water we consume, the waste we produce, the food we serve, and the day-to-day difficulties faced by our own students. We take a keen interest in the people living in our community, as well as having numerous links with communities throughout the world.
It impacts on their learning, behaviour, engagement and well being, enhancing the inclusive and caring nature of our Academy. As a result of its cross curricular nature, it brings our students’ learning experiences together. By modelling sustainable practices,students will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to actively contribute to a sustainable society in the future. It allows our students to contribute to their community and family life. It develops active participation and fosters citizenship for the world and its people.

About Business in the Community
Business in the Community (BITC) is the Prince's Responsible Business Network. Our members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future.
BITC are a business-led charity with more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. Engaging thousands of businesses through programmes driven through a core membership of more than 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.
BITC believe that the most effective way for business to support young people facing social disadvantage is to form long-term partnerships with the schools those young people attend. Business Class provides a systematic and proven framework for developing those partnerships, rooted in long-term, strategic support and collaborative action.