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Meet the Aspiring Talent Finalists

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BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship event, BYPY celebrates the city’s finest talent across six award categories. In addition to the six categories, the Aspiring Talent category recognises exceptional individuals aged between 16 and 24 who are currently in full-time Higher/Further Education or training and looking to embark upon a professional services career within Birmingham.

After sifting through applications, our team chose 4 finalists to face our fierce panel of judges…

Zara Fortt
Team Leading Apprentice,
Form Fabrications Birmingham Ltd

Having already achieved Level 2 apprenticeships in both Customer Service and Business Administration from BMet, 18-year-old Zara has responsibility for a team of five people at stainless steel fabricators Form Fabrications. Currently undertaking the Team Leading Level 2 Diploma, awarded by the highly-regarded Institute of Leadership and Management, she has also taken on an ICT qualification to help develop her skills as an aspiring business owner. Working with partners, she is Involved in the firm’s crucial health and safety training and is consistently updating her CPD to maintain the safety and welfare of her staff.

Brogan Kent
School Leaver Trainee, KPMG

22-year-old Brogan Kent is a trainee accountant working for KPMG in Birmingham. While studying for a BSc in Accountancy, she has led teams of up to eight people working in national markets audit – including taking a lead role on Poundland’s £55 million acquisition of 99p stores. She has already worked on projects in both Europe and North America, and has also taken on a role as peer mentor at the firm, providing support and advice to new and existing colleagues. She is an advocate of women and young people in business and believes in sharing her knowledge to help people maximise their potential at the early stages of their careers.

Sarah Fraser
Tax Consultant, Deloitte

Already a qualified accountant, Sarah Fraser is currently working towards Chartered Tax Advisor qualification alongside her day job as a tax consultant in the business tax team at Deloitte. She is a regular winner of the company’s Limelight awards, and acts as a mentor for the junior year groups within the organisation. She is a mentor for the University of Leicester’s Micro-Tyco Team, which enables students to practice and learn fundamental business principles in a safe, ‘micro’ environment. She is also Deputy Chair of the Talent Committee within BPS Birmingham Aspire, engaging with students and young professionals to showcase the opportunities available across the city.

Luke Billing
Aston University Student and Business Owner

Luke Billings is in his final year of studying for a BSc in International Business and Management. His language school business Future Lingo Ltd, which teaches Mandarin Chinese to schoolchildren in Birmingham, is recruiting two new employees as it continues to develop its network of schools in the region. He has taught English to students in two Chinese cities through global charity AIESEC, and he is involved in the British Chinese Project here in Birmingham. He is also part of the Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN), which provides start-up support to graduate entrepreneurs in the city.

Join us on Thursday 18 May at BYPY 2017 to find out the winner!


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