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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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  • The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched a Productivity and Skills Commission to explore some of the key issues affecting our region’s economy. BPS Birmingham is responding to its Call for Evidence– and we’d welcome your input. There’s a national challenge around productivity, but the position is even starker at a regional level – including in our own sector. There are many contributory factors to skills and productivity levels. The Call for Evidence sets out the challenge and the issues the Commission wants to investigate. In our response, we’ll be focusing on a small number of issues. These include: skills, careers advice and employment pathways; social mobility and aspiration levels; diversity of the workforce; digital connectivity, technology and automation; collaboration, inward investment and attractiveness to headquarters functions; connections to higher education; the notion of ‘good work’ and leadership. You can find out more about the Commission, including the Call […]

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  • Are you thinking about taking the first steps in your career? Are you interested in a career in the professional sectors in Birmingham? Would you like to experience a broad range of career options? If you’ve answered yes to all three of those questions, then apply to become Birmingham’s next Trainee Professional. BPS Birmingham’s Trainee Professional program gives young people a one-year opportunity to kick-start their career and maximise their potential in the professional sector, with many of our previous candidates going on to be hired full-time as a professional in the city as a result of the program. The program features three 4-month placements with businesses from across the city, as well as a number of opportunities to expand your skill-set and broaden your horizons. To register your interest, or to find out more information, email us at hello@bpsbirmingham.co.uk today and we’ll let you know when applications are open.​

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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 […]

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