Capsticks, PwC and Arcadis are among the high-profile business, professional and financial services (BPFS) firms celebrating success and looking ahead to another year of engaging young people across the West Midlands with the future of the sector. Now entering its second year, the Growing Talent BPFS West Midlands careers programme has engaged over 25,000 young people to date, helping to encourage social mobility and diversity and support young people’s careers in a sector where regional employment is set to grow 31% by 2030.
Delivered by Ahead Partnership, Growing Talent BPFS West Midlands has engaged with 60 schools and colleges in the region to date through practical activities including events, careers panels and workshops. The second year of the programme launched with an impactful festival in November 2021, following which 91% of students had an increased understanding of the professional services sector; and 90% of teachers felt better-connected to employers in the sector.
Sponsored by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP); Pinsent Masons; PwC; Cushman & Wakefield; Arcadis; Capsticks; Birmingham Enterprise Partnership; The Careers & Enterprise Company; and BMet, digital and face-to-face activities for 2022 are now well underway. This year’s programme will include careers panels, Meet the Employer events, inspirational guest speakers and workshop masterclasses, taking place online from 14 March to 8 April.
These events will be coupled with the roll-out of free Immerse & Progress interactive learning resources available to all secondary schools and colleges across the region, which provide an in-depth but accessible look at roles and skills for PR & marketing; ProfTech; commercial law; HR & people; the built environment; and corporate finance. These interactive digital resources can be used by students at school or college, or learning at home, to understand and develop the skills needed to work in these subsectors and have been designed directly with some of the region’s top employers such as Eversheds Sutherland and Mills & Reeve.