• 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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  • This week is Professional Services Week 2017. It marks 5 days of focused outreach activities from businesses and individual volunteers with secondary schools. The aim is to inspire an interest in and demystify the routes into the wide range of careers available in the professional services sector in Greater Birmingham. But why bother? Will it have any impact? What about the rest of the year? These are all good questions and should be asked whenever planning any kind of intervention. Let us start then with the first of these in this article: why bother? It is no secret nor surprise to say that the professions lack diversity and do not reflect the demographics of our wider society. The evidence base and case for change are well established, with seminal reports published in 2009 and 2012, led by Rt Hon. Alan Milburn such as “Unleashing Aspirations” and “Fair Access to the […]

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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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  • At a crowded breakfast event this morning – hosted by PSW lead partner Deloitte – the learning and evaluation report was released for the inaugural Professional Services Week, held in June earlier this year. Following on from the celebration of success for the Week, the report adds tangible evidence as well as valuable insight into the attitudes and perceptions of the Business Professional Services sector held by the up and coming talent in our City’s secondary schools. There is clear evidence that participating in PSW activities made a significant difference to the number of students who would consider the BPS sector as a career option in future. Furthermore, the activities improved understanding of the sector, demystifying what it is and the roles within it for the majority of participants. In addition, the analysis revealed poignant insights into the value placed on studying at university, which reinforces the need to not only increase […]

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