Over 40 students were given a glimpse of life into the business, professional and financial industry when Coventry and Warwickshire was involved in Professional Services Week for the first time.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), the CWLEP Growth Hub, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Coventry and Warwickshire First joined forces with BPS Birmingham to encourage students to consider a career in the sector.
Students from Coventry’s West Coventry Academy, Southfields Primary School, Howes Primary School and Stivichall Primary School along with Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College in Rugby were involved in the day.
Prime Accountants, Arthur J Gallagher, Mander Hadley solicitors, Virgin Money and the Nationwide Building Society were among the businesses which held workshops and discussed the careers available with the youngsters.
A networking lunch was held for the group at The Botanist Coventry where representatives from Volvo met the pupils.
Trish Willetts, Director of Coventry BID, said the aim of Professional Services Week was to showcase the career opportunities available in the sector.
She said: “This is the first time this initiative has been held in Coventry and the professional services sector is a growing industry within the area.
“In fact, there are more solicitors, banks, accountants and other professional services businesses based in Coventry city centre than retailers which is very unusual for a city centre.
“The students who came along to the initiative visited a handful of fantastic businesses and saw first-hand the career opportunities that are available.”
Gemma Gathercole, Productivity & Skills Officer at the CWLEP, said these workplace visits are a crucial part of students’ careers education.
“Professional Services Week is a great chance to highlight the careers available within a wide ranging and exciting sector,” she said.
“It is vital the CWLEP plays its part in ensuring employers have the right calibre of highly-skilled future employees and professional services is a growing area of the region’s economy.
“There is no better way of finding out about a possible future career than visiting a workplace and talking to staff and we thank all the businesses who gave up their time to talk to students and run workshops.
“The feedback from the students was really positive and these initiatives are a great way of engaging students with employers in the area.”
The day was such a success the businesses are now all signed up for next year’s event.
Caption: Back from the left, Lizzie Mara (Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce), Dave Lennox (CWLEP Growth Hub), Cllr Pat Hetherton (Coventry City Council) and Trish Willetts (Coventry BID) and members of the Coventry BID team with students from West Coventry Academy, Stivichall Primary School and Howes Primary School