Inspire and nurture the city’s young people to ensure the future resourcing of the BPS sector.

There was a very sobering conclusion contained within the The Birmingham Future Commission Report.

“A combination of rising levels of retirement but lower numbers of the young and skilled could propel the BPS sector towards crisis. Birmingham’s new knowledge economy is critically dependent on a highly educated workforce. If Birmingham’s skills gap could be overcome, the city could evolve as one of the youngest and most competitive in Europe.”

This strong recommendation of the Commission Report was a simple one.  The continued prosperity and growth of the sector will rely on inspiring and nurturing young people currently studying in the city’s schools to think about careers in the professional sector.

Now is the time to be doing this.

Inspiring Birmingham's Future

It is vital that the sector works in partnership with the city’s education providers to not only promote the opportunities of the future but to ensure they are skilled to take advantage.

BPS Birmingham has created a week long series of events that are aimed at 14 to 16 year old students resident in the city’s schools to engage and excite them about the future opportunities to be discovered in the sector.

We are now actively seeking hosts and volunteers from the BPS sector for PSW 2018.

There are numerous ways in which you can get involved:

  • Existing resources – if your organisation already undertakes outreach/school engagement activity that could form part of the week, we’d love to hear about it. For example, do you run sessions on financial literacy? Do you speak about your work to students? Do you engage with schools as part of your CSR strategy; do you offer work placements to schools?
  • Volunteers & hosting – can you offer members of your team to visit and run activities within a school during the week? Similarly, as part of the week’s activities we will be conducting business walks around the City’s Colmore Business District, so we are looking for students to visit businesses to hear about what they do. Taking a tour of your firm and gaining first hand experience of the environment of a professional services business would be invaluable. This will be an experience that has not been available to many of the schools we are targeting and will help in our aim to demystify the sector.
  • Sponsor transportation – school budgets are tight and Professional Services Week, no matter how rich in content or well intentioned, will have little impact if we cannot transport students to the host organisations. As such we are asking businesses help make this happen by donating £500 to sponsor transport for a school and cover some of the other associated costs of the project.
  • Sponsor Professional Services Week – the media campaign is an important part of the week, but it is also the source of the majority of direct costs. Hence, we have sponsorship packages available, which offer brand awareness raising opportunities that could be of interest if you would like to have greater affiliation and association with the project. More details are available upon request.

Please email hilary@bpsbirmingham.co.uk or call the office on 0121 270 8000 to register your support or to find out more information.