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Business Walks is an initiative organised by the Engage committee – the CSR arm of BPS Birmingham Future. The one-day event is designed to help pro-actively raise young people’s aspirations of the future workplace opportunities available to them in the city.

On Wednesday 17 February 2016, the Engage committee took 12 students from the Young Persons Unit at the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children’s Hospital to Ernst & Young, Irwin Mitchell and Browne Jacobson to learn about the various job roles available within each of the businesses.

The students first visited Ernst & Young where they listened to an engaging presentation from the senior manager responsible for student recruitment programmes and learned of the various entry routes to working in finance. The students then moved onto Irwin Mitchell where a panel of trainee solicitors and a costs draughtsperson engaged the students in a discussion about the other career options available in a law firm, particularly roles in operations, support and administration. The students completed their afternoon at Browne Jacobson where they participated in discussions and activities typically expected of summer placement students working at the firm.

Commenting on the afternoon, Lisa Conley, specialist teacher at the Young Persons Unit, said: “The young people all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the Business Walk. In particular they enjoyed the surroundings, atmosphere and the knowledge and approachability of everyone involved, as well as the interactive tasks. Several young people came away from the event buzzing with questions and ideas. The event was well managed, pitched very well to young people and delivered brilliantly by all involved. Thank you!”

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