Property services firm, Cushman & Wakefield is the latest forward-thinking employer to join the likes of PwC, Arcadis and Pinsent Masons in a highly successful West Midlands business, professional and financial services (BPFS) careers initiative. Delivered by social enterprise Ahead Partnership and committed private sector employers, Growing Talent #BPFS has engaged 20,989 students to date, in a concerted effort to support the sector’s talent pipeline and aid the pandemic recovery across Greater Birmingham and Solihull.
Following a successful launch festival in November 2020 which brought over 15,000 students together with 58 volunteers spanning 23 regional employers, the initiative has continued to inspire young people with opportunities in the BPFS sector through a range of virtual and pre-recorded activities. Exciting recent activity includes a mini virtual festival which engaged 500 young people in June 2021 through virtual spotlight panel Q&As with experienced sector professionals. The mini festival explored career pathways, skills required for different roles and the BPFS sector in the West Midlands.