A college in the Midlands is opening a purpose-built specialist academy with a curriculum focused on law, finance, accounting, banking and insurance.

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMET) has started recruiting for its Professional Services Academy, with courses getting underway in September.

A number of city businesses have signed up to offer internships, mentoring by senior staff, workshop sessions, and ‘guru’ lectures.

Principal Dame Christine Braddock said the professional services sector could lose out as other sectors stepped up recruitment.

“We’ve seen in recent years that sectors — engineering, creative, health and digital come immediately to mind — have strengthened their response to recruitment challenges,” she said.

“At the same time, I thought many local youngsters were missing out on stimulating and well-paid jobs in professional services because they wrongly believed that it was a sector that welcomed only graduates.”

Featured image caption: Birmingham Metropolitan College principal Dame Christine Braddock signs up to the city’s new new Professional Services Academy. Pic: Daniel Graves

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