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Professional Services Week set to bring employers and schools together

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Professional Services Week, supported by Deloitte, the new initiative from BPS Birmingham is now only three weeks away!

During the five days between June 27th and July 1st a wide range of professional services firms will welcome students from over twenty schools from within Greater Birmingham to provide an insight for young people into the sector and the opportunities it can provide for future employment.

There is strong evidence that suggests one of the barriers to many young people considering a career in the business and professional services sector is they simply have no understanding or knowledge of what the sector can offer and many have never visited the business districts of the city. Professional Services Week aims to begin to address these issues.

If the anticipated growth of the sector is realised by 2030, 60,000 more jobs will be created across a range of disciplines and skillsets and to resource that growth the sector needs to engage with young people currently residing in our city’s schools to inspire and encourage them to consider careers in business and professional services.

A calendar of events will take place during the week including business walks where schools will visit two/ three professional firms in a day. There are also a series of employer talks and workshops hosted at the offices of professional firms located in the city taking place where students from year 9+ will have the opportunity to hear about the wide ranging prospects for future employment.

Professional Services Week has received the support of its headline partner Deloitte, a wide range of employers such as Gateley Plc, Irwin Mitchell, Lloyds Banking Group, Gowling WLG, GBR Phoenix Beard and Barclays.

The week is being organised in partnership with a number of education and skills organisations and providers including Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy, Birmingham Education Partnership and The Ahead Partnership and many other organisations such as CSR City, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Colmore CBD are lending their support.

Schools registered to take part in activities through the week include; Washwood Heath School, Balaam Wood School, Hodge Hill College, Saltley Academy, Moseley School and Ark Boulton Academy.

Running along side the week will be a number of fringe events including a session aimed at stakeholders from education, skills, business and the civic communities that will explore the issues and challenges around creating meaningful engagement between employers and young people including a keynote address from Deloitte’s UK Lead Partner for Education, Julie Mercer.

Professional Services Week will be promoted in a bus advertising campaign during June as well as a social and digital media campaign and over on the website;

If you would like to show your support for Professional Services Week on social media you can mention us @BHAMASPIRE and use the campaign hashtag; #MyFutureMyBham, which is part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of the career prospects for young people in Greater Birmingham.

BPS Birmingham created Professional Services Week as part of its ongoing commitment to find sustained and effective ways to engage professional firms with the city’s schools and to explore effective solutions to inspire and skill young people for a career in the BPS sector.