Professional Services Week - bringing together year 9+ students and business in C&W

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 02:00 PM

The CWLEP and Coventry & Warwickshire First have joined forces with BPS Birmingham, the organisation that represents the professional and financial services sector, to bring a new and exciting initiative to Coventry and Warwickshire this summer specifically aimed at raising the aspiration of students to consider careers in the Business, Professional and Financial Services.

This is a major growth sector and the employment opportunities are diverse and wide ranging. The sector covers businesses in law, property, financial services and creative industries.

Professional Services Week 2019 (PSW) takes place this year in June and specifically in Coventry and Warwickshire on Wednesday, June 26.

Professional Services Week was created by BPS Birmingham as a direct response to the growing need to nurture, encourage and inform young people to consider the opportunities for employment across a wide range of skill levels and professional firms within the region. Research was clear that the recruitment of young people from within the region is vital if the predicted growth in the fastest growth sector in the West Midlands is to be effectively resourced. It is that simple. This is why the campaign is officially endorsed by the West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, the West Midlands Combined Authority, the CWLEP, the CWLEP Growth Hub, Coventry BID and the Enterprise Advisors Network.

PSW aims to open the doors to the opportunities of year 9+ students in Coventry and Warwickshire by creating a series of visits and workshops that reveals the excitement, benefits and opportunities provided by the professional and financial services sector throughout the Coventry and Warwickshire area.

This is a great opportunity for local schools to engage with businesses within the professional services sector by attending work place visits to hear from those already working there, here about the opportunities and skills needed and to sample the environment and atmosphere of professional firms first hand.

A study by the Careers and Enterprise Company demonstrates clearly that encounters with business as part of careers education can make a critical difference to the outcomes of students and their future employment opportunities.

The CWLEP and Coventry & Warwickshire First is proud to be bringing this initiative to Coventry and Warwickshire which is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to find out more about the opportunities that exist within the professional services in the region and is therefore calling on local schools to sign up and be part of it.

If you would like your school to be part of this year’s Professional Services Week, please contact enquiries@professionalservicesweek.co.uk