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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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  • The third of four Public Debates featuring all five main candidates for West Midlands Mayor will take place tomorrow (4th April 2017) exactly one month before polling day. Over 200 people are expected at Birmingham Hippodrome, with a large proportion of the audience made up by members of the public who applied for a ticket to the Birmingham Mail newspaper. Marc Reeves, Birmingham Mail editor, will chair the Public Debate along with Kevin Johnson, Managing Director of Urban Communications, the firm behind West Mids Elects. James Burn (Green), Pete Durnell (UKIP), Beverley Nielsen, (LibDem), Siôn Simon (Labour) and Andy Street (Conservative) will line up for 90 minutes of wide-ranging debate. Nominations for the WMCA Mayor close at 4.00pm tomorrow (4th April). The first two events featured lively debates over the proposed nationalisation of the M6 Toll, the impact of HS2, how to tackle housing and homelessness and whether there should […]

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  • Exclusive sunrise shoot charters Birmingham’s changing skyline First images released from the roof of the city’s tallest office building in three years City’s evolving skyline and construction works captured at #AlphaSunrise #RooftopTuesdays Progress of the £1m Alpha Works office development also captured A range of images have been launched today of Birmingham’s changing skyline, taken at sunrise from the roof of the city’s tallest office building, the Grade II listed Alpha Birmingham. #AlphaSunrise, led by property firm CEG Property in partnership with Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, brought together a team of the region’s top photographers for a series of early morning shoots including; Beth Astington, Fraser McGee, Jon Crampton, Kris Askey, Martin O’Callaghan, Matt Beach, Ross Jukes, Steve Townsend, Tim Cornbill and Verity Milligan. The images, which are the first to be released from the roof of the building in three years, charter the city’s continuing economic renaissance and ongoing construction […]

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