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  • As we continue to measure the impact of Professional Services Week 2017, BPS Executive Director Hilary Smyth-Allen, joined Kathryn Lennon Johnson to discuss the successes, challenges and how we plan to keep on striving to improve social mobility and bridge the gap between school leavers and employers. you can listen to the full conversation with BESS TV below.  

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  • As an organisation committed to the advancement of Birmingham’s business professional services community, it should come as no surprise that BPS Birmingham Future is leading the way when it comes to innovative methods of mentoring and development. Mentoring usually involves a young or junior individual learning from someone more advanced in their career. However, more experienced members of the BPS community can benefit considerably from having a younger mentor by participating in the ‘reverse’ mentoring scheme run by Birmingham Future’s Mentoring Academy and piloted alongside Colmore Business District . How do participants benefit? Our mentees learn a lot from reverse mentoring, especially if they’re looking to develop their understanding of unfamiliar areas of the business landscape like social media, or get a new perspective from a younger professional. “Reverse mentoring is great,” says Wesleyan COO Liz McKenzie, who was paired with Hattie D’Souza, Account Manager and Head of Social Strategy […]

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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 […]

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  • There’s just one week to go until Professional Services Week 2017 begins! Professional Services Week, BPS Birmingham’s initiative to inspire and inform Birmingham students to consider careers in the city’s business and professional services sector, ran for the first time in 2016 and returns again next week. Over 400 year 8+ students from 20 schools will participate in a week of workshops, business walks and seminars held in professional services firms across the city. With activity taking place every day between Monday 26th June and Friday 30th June, students will get to experience life in one of the city’s professional services firms, talk to young professionals and get advice on how to take advantage of the opportunities the sector can provide them in the future. Participating schools include; Bordesley Green and Handsworth Wood Schools for Girls, Great Barr and Saltley Academy, Hodge Hill College and Balaam Wood School. Workshops and […]

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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 […]

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