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GBPSA Apprentices - Adelle Rhule-Martin

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It’s an exciting week in many ways for Greater Birmingham’s Professional Services Academy (GBPSA). Not only are they a key partner during our first Professional Services Week, delivering their expertise and guidance during sessions with school groups and also to education & business professionals at our various fringe events, they are also celebrating a total of 16 students beginning internships with lead professional services firms in the city; at Gateley Plc, Barclays and LaSerUK.

Professional Services Week celebrates and aims to demystify and demonstrate the diverse range of industries, roles and routes into the sector for young people to discover.

See below how Adelle discovered not only the professional services sector, but also the world of apprenticeships in Birmingham.


Adelle Rhule-Martin, GVA Bilfinger

Three years ago, Adelle Rhule-Martin attended an open event at Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) to get some information about A Level courses and was pleased to come away with a whole lot more to inspire her future.

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Adelle is the leading face of Professional Services Week, featuring both in an online campaign and on buses across the city.

“The open event gave me the opportunity to speak to staff and students, look around the place and get a feel for what being in college is like,” said the 19-year-old.  “I found the experience really useful and engaging.  It enabled me to make the decision to join that September and study A Levels in Business Studies, Maths and Biology.”

The open event also introduced Adelle to the college’s Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (GBPSA); the first of its kind in the UK.

Adelle was one of the GBPSA’s very first students, attending workshops, lectures and site visits with a range of successful businesses across Birmingham, as well as taking part in networking events and meetings.  She also completed a work placement at Bilfinger GVA, where she was offered a job as an assistant property administrator just after finishing her studies.

“The GBPSA unlocked doors that allowed me to step into a bright future,” Adelle continued.  “It showed me a world I hadn’t realised existed.

“It was a great way to learn everything about the sector.  I discovered the different pathways you can follow to be able to achieve your career goals.  This was something I wasn’t fully aware of until I joined and learned from others how they started their careers.  It also gave me an invaluable insight into how companies recruit and what they’re really looking for in an employee.

“I’m really enjoying being at Bilfinger GVA.  I love the people and the working environment.  I’d still like to go to university – it just didn’t seem financially sensible for me to do so straight from college.  Going into work has been a much better option for me for the time being.”

With ambitions to become a surveyor, Adelle plans to complete a degree in real estate and then work towards achieving her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), a qualification that will lead to her becoming Associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  This is a globally recognised qualification for surveyors, valuers and real estate consultants.

“None of this would have been possible without the GBPSA,” Adelle continued.   “Coming to BMet’s open event and then joining the college and GBPSA is one of the best life decisions I have made.”