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BPS Birmingham appointed as delivery partner for Careers & Enterprise Company and Birmingham Education Partnership

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BPS Birmingham has commenced work as a delivery partner for the Careers and Enterprise Company’s operations in the GBSLEP area that will see BPS Executive Director, Hilary Smyth-Allen, take a part time role as an Enterprise Co-ordinator for the business and professional services sector in the region. Hilary’s connections, knowledge and experience of the issues facing the sector and understanding of the need for effective and sustained engagement with schools will be invaluable to the role of sector co-ordinator.

As part of the partnership agreement, BPS Birmingham will recruit at least 10 Enterprise Advisors from within the region’s professional services sector who will be matched with a school to work strategically with the school’s senior leadership team to raise the bar on delivering quality careers advice and guidance for all pupils. At the heart of the programme is better coordination amongst stakeholders and matching resources with the greatest needs across the region.

The urgency of such an approach has been evidenced through the CEC’s Cold Spots research, which identifies the Greater Birmingham region as a cold spot for careers information, advice and guidance.

Four years ago, Birmingham Future published their Future Commission Report which robustly laid out the challenges around skills, retention and developing future talent for the region’s business and professional services sector, which detailed stark challenges to the sector to reach out to communities and their young people as sources of untapped talent required for sector growth and resilience. The partnership between BPS Birmingham and the Careers and Enterprise Company is therefore significant in terms of implementing solutions to address a clearly identified need.

Hilary Smyth-Allen will be working with other delivery partners: Kathryn Lennon-Johnson from Built Environment Skills in Schools, sector lead for Built Environment and Julie Stirrup, Schools Liaison lead, seconded from Birmingham City Council.
The Birmingham approach to the Careers and Enterprise Company model is exciting and innovative because it is directly aligned with growth sectors within the GBSLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan. The clear ambition is that this approach can help give clearer direction to students of the job opportunities that exist now and in the future here in the region.

Commenting on the new delivery partnership Hilary Smyth – Allen said:

“Talking to BPS Birmingham members, to education and skills providers and to a range other business organisations, it is very clear that being able to resource future growth with motivated and skilled young people right across business is the most challenging issue facing the region. This was very clearly stated in the Future Commission and it is why at BPS Birmingham we work hard to support a whole range of initiatives that help to address this very problem. More recently, the need for greater coordination of effort in this area is a plea from business I hear regularly. So we are very excited to be working more closely with Birmingham Education Partnership in delivering the Careers and Enterprise Company Adviser Network and support the excellent work they are doing bringing business and schools together and strengthening careers education.”