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BPS Birmingham Aspire provides Birmingham’s up and coming talent with access to an array of opportunities that complement their personal and professional development in the BPS sectors. We recognise the importance of helping young people to establish a strong professional network which will enable them to embark on successful careers in their chosen industries. Our annual flagship scheme, Trainee Professional, does just that.
The programme provides a top UK school or college leaver with a 12-month opportunity working for 3 leading Birmingham businesses for a period of 4 months each. This allows them to try multiple roles and sectors before deciding which career path is right for them, working in a wide range of industries such as Property and Construction, Insurance, Legal, Recruitment and Finance. The last 5 Graduate Apprentices have gone on to permanent roles with one of their placement employers. The aim is to provide the candidate with experience across the professional sectors, and highlight to them the fantastic prospects of employment in the sector.
Kizmi-Jade Ramah – our 2016/17 Graduate Apprentice – is undertaking different roles at three of Birmingham’s leading businesses: Business Growth Fund, Katie Bard and JMP Consultants. The Graduate Apprentice, now renamed Trainee Professional plays a key role for BPS Birmingham and serves as the perfect ambassador for living and working in Birmingham, allowing them and their employer to benefit from a wealth of training, networking and development opportunities.
Katie Bard “The graduate apprentice offers a unique opportunity for a city to showcase its to offering across all sectors to the best graduate talent not just in the city region or even the UK as a whole but globally. As an employer the platform this creates and the fact that it is tied to such a real experience is exceptional. We have been lucky to be involved in the Graduate Apprentice in some form for nearly 10 years and as employer, as well as a graduate recruiter, I am constantly impressed that firms of all sizes across city work together to create a real role for a graduate over a year. These are not internships or work experience but a snapshot of a real graduate job within those firms. It is a great to be involved in opening up new ideas and careers to a graduate as well as to be able to recruit from a pool of such excellent talent. I would urge any firm who is invested in developing their business and their position as an employer of choice in the Midlands to get involved!”
The 12 month scheme will see you undertake three 4 month placements at three leading businesses in the city, acting as an ambassador for BPS Birmingham Aspire, your employers, the city, and the region. Each placement will provide you with first hand exposure to the day-to-day operations of some of the most innovative and exciting companies in Birmingham. Previous employers include JLT Insurance, IDEX Consulting, Deloitte LLP, Gateley LLP, DBK, Katie Bard, and more.
Outside of work you will be closely supported by BPS Birmingham Aspire in your ambassadorial activities, attending networking events and working closely with influential professionals and leaders. As Trainee Professional, you will benefit from being in a recognised and visible position, with access to extensive training, networking, and development opportunities throughout your 12 month placement.
Entry Criteria/Person Specification
- Over 18 years of age with A Level or equivalent
- Excellent communicator able to work in fast-paced, client facing environments
- Willing to positively and enthusiastically represent the scheme and BPS Birmingham Aspire through networking and events outside of working hours
- Strong team player, problem solver, enthusiastic and passionate character
To find out more about getting involved as an employer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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