Capsticks is 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. 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 various roles and skills.

Martin Hamilton, Managing Partner and Executive Champion for Equity Diversity and Inclusion, said: 'Growing Talent BPFS is a really important and timely initiative – not only for our sector, but for our region. As an employer, we know the scale of potential that this sector offers to the future of business in the West Midlands, and we are taking responsibility to ensure that young people across Greater Birmingham and Solihull understand the opportunities available ‘on their doorstep’. We’re committed to creating a more inclusive environment for the sector, and programmes like Growing Talent BPFS enable us to engage with young people from diverse backgrounds who have the talent and skills needed to thrive. The initiative is also a rewarding way for our colleagues to help young people learn in a practical way and feel that they are really making a difference – whether from home or the office.'

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