AFLW Premier Partner NAB today launched a bespoke Women in Sport employment program, Beyond The Field via Workplay.

The program showcases NAB’s support of women athletes by offering a unique pathway of professional growth during and beyond their sporting careers. 

Workplay is the AFL’s industry-first careers platform which connects women athletes to flexible employment, education, and professional development opportunities. Through partnering with likeminded organisations Workplay is empowering women in football to thrive on and off the field. 

The Beyond The Field program, designed with the athletes’ priorities and commitments at the forefront, directly addresses the demanding nature of sporting careers. It will see five women athletes take on cadetship roles with flexible work arrangements, allowing athletes to seamlessly integrate their sporting and professional lives. 

The roles provide candidates exposure across NAB’s core areas of business in change management, technology and data, commercial operations, products, marketing, strategy and more.

AFL Executive General Manager of People, Sarah Fair, said Workplay continues to play a crucial role in providing women athletes in football with the tools to succeed on and off the field.

“The Beyond the Field cadetship will provide incredible opportunities for women across our industry to work with NAB, a market leader and highly-valued partner of the AFL who has long supported our AFLW competition and community programs”.

“We’re proud to be launching NAB’s Beyond the Field program on International Women’s Day this year with the 2024 UN Women’s theme being Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress, highlighting the importance of providing women and girls with equal opportunity to build their capabilities and strengthen their capacity to learn, earn and lead.”

Rachel Slade, Group Executive Personal Bankingsaid "We're really excited about this program. It’s a great opportunity for us identify and nurture high performing talent and build the next generation of women leaders. I’m hoping this will not just be an investment in the athletes themselves, but also an investment in a more diverse and inclusive future.”

Since its inception in 2021, Workplay has connected more than 80 AFLW athletes to flexible work opportunities at partner organisations.

In the past two years, the platform has grown to provide more than 170 job listings for athletes to pursue across more than 30 valued AFL and AFLW partner organisations including NAB, John Holland, rebel, Foxtel Group, Cotton On, BHP and Coates.

Workplay, powered by John Holland, is available to women athletes across AFLW, VFLW and Umpiring in a bid to provide ongoing support regardless of whether they are currently playing/ umpiring or transitioning from the game. Together, with the help of AFLW and AFL partners, Workplay is reimagining the future of women’s sport. 

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