The first ever BPS Birmingham Professional Services Week hailed a success by schools and firms
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BPS Birmingham’s first ever Professional Services Week, in which over 250 year 9+ pupils attended a series of skills sessions in the offices of professional services firms, has been hailed a great success by the participating schools and the businesses that took part.
The objective of the initiative created by BPS Birmingham was to demystify the sector and to inspire young people from within city schools to consider a career in business and professional services. A range of city schools participated in the week’s activities. Hodge Hill School took part in a business walk that saw a cohort visit Deloitte in Brindleyplace and Irwin Mitchell’s office in the Colmore Business District. Bordesley Green School were hosted by Lloyds Banking Group and Brewin Dolphin.
Year 9+ pupils from Washwood Heath and Balham Wood Schools were hosted by Deloitte, Gowling WLG and Barclays. Other firms taking part and offering an insight into their world included GBR Phoenix Beard, HSBC, Wesleyan and Grant Thornton. Over twenty schools took part in the week including Saltley School, Ark Boulton Academy and Handsworth Wood School.
Professional Services Week is part of an on- going response to the resourcing and skills challenges that the sector faces as it continues to grow. It is anticipated that the sector will see growth of 30% by 2030 and that will create a further 60,000 jobs. With talented young people now being able to choose locations across the world to start their careers it is vital that young people residing in the city’s schools are inspired and motivated to consider a career in professional services in Birmingham to resource those opportunities.
Professional Services Week was a partnership between BPS Birmingham and its headline partner Deloitte and educational providers Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy, Birmingham Education Partnership, Ahead Partnership, The Access Project and wider stakeholders such as CSR City.
A detailed evaluation will now take place to inform both the content and scope of the 2017 Professional Services Week.