Sixth form students to discover Birmingham's FinTech sector with PwC

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Sixth form students from schools across Birmingham are getting an introduction to the world of FinTech with the help of business volunteers at an interactive Industry Day at PwC’s city centre office.

PwC’s Industry Day hopes to raise aspirations and help A Level Maths students aged 16 – 18 years explore careers in FinTech, an industry for which Birmingham is identified as the major regional UK centre outside London.

50 students from Holyhead School, Dudley College, Hillcrest School and Nishkam High School will take part in a series of interactive themed workshops in augmented reality, virtual reality and cybersecurity with PwC volunteers. The workshops are designed to show the students first-hand what a career in FinTech involves and how they can apply their skills from the classroom to future careers. Students will then be able to quiz PwC’s technology apprentices and graduate scheme participants about what it’s really like to work in the industry – gaining insight into different routes and pathways into FinTech careers.

The event is hosted by PwC with social enterprise and education engagement partner Ahead Partnership. The Industry Day is part of the Make the Grade programme which has supported over 150,000 young people to date with real-life, hands-on experiences designed by local employers, with a first Industry Day having already taken place at their Leeds offices earlier in October.

Stephanie Burras CBE, Ahead Partnership’s Chief Executive, said: “Greater Birmingham’s tech industry already boosts the economy by £2.3 billion every year, so as this sector grows it’s vital that we help young people to understand the career opportunities that are right on their doorstep. We’re delighted to be working with PwC on their Industry Days and wider schools engagement programme to help bring the world of FinTech to life for young people in Birmingham and have worked closely with them to design a day that will have real impact for students that want to find out how the subjects they’re studying can lead to an exciting and fulfilling career with an employer like PwC.”

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