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BPS Birmingham launches Professional Services Week

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Amongst 2016’s hugely exciting calendar of events, BPS Birmingham is launching a brand new initiative; Professional Services Week. Taking place between 27 June – 1 July, the week will see pupils and teachers engaging with business and professional services firms from across the city in a series of activities, aimed at inspiring and informing young people currently at Birmingham schools about the opportunities that exist for a career in the business and professional services sector in Greater Birmingham.

Throughout the week, Professional Services Week will offer pupils first-hand experience of the sector’s businesses at work. The activities due to take place will include Business Walks during which pupils will have the chance to visit the offices of two professional services firms, hear about the different job roles available and experience the atmosphere in and around the city’s vibrant central business districts. Also on the agenda are a series of Dragons’ Den activities, where pupils with an interest in Business Studies will be able to showcase their entrepreneurial skills by developing and pitching a project in teams in front of a group of BPS Future members. Employers will also host skills sessions for school groups to attend, which will involve introductions to a business and the range of roles on offer within their organizations, as well as activities such as CV-writing and interview preparation.

A series of fringe events will also take place in and around the week itself, aimed at headteachers, governors and leaders from the professional services sector to discuss the future of the sector in the Greater Birmingham region.

Building on the work of the Birmingham Future Commission of 2013 which concluded that the sector must inspire and nurture local talent in order to resource the sector’s significant future growth, Professional Services Week aims to engage schools and professional firms together and open up the sector to the future generation in a meaningful, fun and focussed way.

Professional Services Week is being organised by BPS Birmingham, in association with BPS Aspire and is sponsored by Deloitte in Birmingham. The week will also have support from a range of other organisations who work closely with schools and the business community; the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy, Birmingham Education Partnership and the Ahead Partnership.

For further information and all the details, including registration details for both schools and employers, head over to www.professionalservicesweek.co.uk