Workforce: Careers Project for School Pupils Voted Big Success

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Pupils from five Birmingham schools spent the last two weeks of term out of the classroom, taking part in a partnership scheme formed by Birmingham Forward and the Careers and Education Business Partnership.

Now, the project, co-ordinated by the partnership as part of their range of initiatives aimed at bridging the worlds of work and school, has been declared a success.

Members of the lobbying group, which represents the interests of the city's 80,000-strong professional, financial and business support services sector, welcomed the 14 to 15-year olds into their offices to give them an insight into a career in the city.

The 14-day work experience project for more than 40 pupils was launched as part of a drive to raise the profile of job opportunities in the financial, legal, property, insurance, PR, business support and IT-telecommunications firms.

The sector is one of the region's biggest employers and will need an estimated 56,000 more staff over the next decade in order to sustain its projected growth.

The pupils who took part in the pilot were given the option of spending a week at a variety of member firms including Argent, Benussi & Co, Chesterton, Co-op Bank, Eversheds, GVA Grimley, King Sturge and St Philips Chambers.

At Eversheds, pupils from five schools were given the option of spending their time in the finance, human resources, training and marketing departments and work-shadowing managers.

Laura Chapman, human resources adviser at Eversheds, said the pupils were also given a wide range of tasks. …