BPS Birmingham to Stage its’ Third Professional Services Week Bringing Business and Schools Together.

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BPS Birmingham will be staging its third Professional Services Week between Monday 25 and Friday 29 June.

The initiative aims to raise the aspirations of students currently studying in the region’s schools to consider a career in Professional Services, the largest and fastest growing sector in the West Midlands. This year more schools and professional firms than ever before have signed up to be a part of the week.

Professional Services Week is sponsored by Deloitte, Wesleyan and the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (part of Birmingham Metropolitan College) and will see over 1000 students from over 20 schools located within Birmingham and the Black Country attend workshops, advice sessions and business walks hosted by 40 professional firms in the city centre and in schools.

Professional Services Week is delivered in partnership with Ahead Partnership, Birmingham Education Partnership and the Careers and Enterprise Company, with support from the West Midlands Combined Authority and Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP as part of sector skills plans.

Professional firms taking part are from all of the key disciplines that make up professional services; legal, property, banking, accountancy, insurance, business advisory and creative and digital.

Activities delivered by Ahead Partnership this year include careers panels, workplace visits, workshops and an insight day with employers such as PwC, Deutsche Bank, Arcadis, Capsticks, HSBC, Legal & General, Pinsent Masons, TMP Worldwide and Gateley plc. 

Professional Services Week was created by BPS Birmingham three years ago as a direct response to research that concluded that the predicted growth within the region’s business and professional services sector would need to inspire young people from within the region’s schools to consider careers in the sector if it was to resource the employment opportunities that will be created.

Commenting on the forthcoming week of activities BPS Birmingham Executive Director Hilary Smyth Allen said: “It is hard to believe that we are staging our third Professional Services Week. This year the level of interest to take part from both professional firms and schools has been fantastic. With increased focus on addressing productivity and skills challenges in the region’s key sectors, Professional Services Week is an initiative that directly addresses fundamental barriers to the continued growth and this is being recognised more than ever.”

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street who will be making a visit to a session on Friday 29 June said: “Professional Services Week is a fantastic initiative where sector firms reach out to young people in schools. This is a great way for firms to engage and inspire young people, building aspiration and encouraging more of the region’s diverse communities to aspire to a great career in Professional Services.”

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