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Professional Services Week returns for 2017

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Research confirms it. When talking to business and professional services companies, they too undoubtedly describe it as a major concern.

The BPS sector in this region is blooming and is set to grow even further. With that prosperity comes with it a single major issue – how do we source skilled young people to fulfil the growth of this sector?

Birmingham Future’s Commission published several years ago was clear. The sector quite simply needs to inspire and inform young people from all backgrounds residing in the region’s schools to consider their future in the city’s professional firms.

Inspiring young people whilst they are undecided on their career choices and have time to use the education system to attain the right skills and experience is vital.

It is that issue that Professional Services Week looks to address.

In 2016, Professional Services Week was conceived and launched. Last year, over 300 year 9+ students from 20 schools took part in a series of business walks and workshops held in professional services firms around the city.

Students were able to experience life in the professional services sector, discover the central business districts and the office environments within them and learn about the experiences of young professionals in a variety of firms including legal, finance and marketing.

Activities included two schools sampling the world of stockbroking during an interactive session hosted by Brewin Dolphin whilst other students learnt about the importance of those soft skills at Irwin Mitchell.

As in 2016, Professional Services Week’s headline partner will be Deloitte and this year takes place between Monday 26th – Friday 30th June. Once again, the city’s professional services firms have offered their support to create a jam-packed week. From the legal sector, firms including Trowers and Hamlin and Irwin Mitchell; supporting from the banking sector are HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays; from the PR and marketing sector Riley Raven, East Village and Urban Communications are involved along with recruiters SimkissGuy and Michael Page, as well as firms such as KPMG, Grant Thornton, and Wesleyan.

Following last year’s success, schools from all over the city have already filled up the timetable to take part in the series of workshops and business walks during the week.

As part of the week, a headline event will be hosted at Deloitte on Thursday June 29th at which former Secretary of State for Education Baroness Estelle Morris will talk about the importance of skilling young people to take advantage of opportunities within the city and how vital sustained and meaningful engagement is between business and educators to ensure continued economic prosperity.

Commenting on Professional Services Week 2017, BPS Birmingham Executive Director Hilary Smyth- Allen said:

“I am very excited the second Professional Services Week will be taking place in June. Last year we saw real benefits from inviting schools to come into the offices of professional firms and experience the atmosphere and environment of the workplace which for many young people was a revelation. To be able to hear from and talk to young professionals who were able to offer their own personal insights into working in the professional sector was an inspiration to many of the students. But of course, to make things work well you need volunteers and I would be delighted to hear from any young professionals who would like to support the week.”

Visit the Professional Services Week Website here.