BNP Paribas Personal Finance supports new academy

Thu, 04 Dec 2014

BNP Paribas Personal Finance, the Solihull-headquartered consumer finance specialist, is delighted to be partnering with Birmingham’s biggest further education college to create the UK’s first ever Professional Services Academy for 16-19 year olds.

Working with key members of the professional services sector from across the region, Birmingham Metropolitan College has launched the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (GBPSA) to guarantee that the city’s professional services sector can continue to flourish long into the future. Recruitment for the Academy starts in May and the innovative concept gets under way in September, with a curriculum focused on qualifications in finance, banking, accounting, insurance, property and law.

BNP Paribas Personal Finance joins six of the biggest and most successful organisations in the city's professional services sector to back the new venture from launch to provide high-level professional support for the students, including internships, mentoring by senior staff and workshop sessions. To signify their commitment, each of the partners, including Jayne Licari representing BNP Paribas Personal Finance, signed a pledge at the launch of the new Academy held at the Sutton Coldfield campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College.

This exciting initiative is a natural fit for BNP Paribas Personal Finance’s ‘Make A Difference’ programme, which combines fundraising, volunteering and fostering links with education to support the local community.

Sandra Bickerton, Corporate Social Responsibility sponsor at BNP Paribas Personal Finance, said: “We’re enormously proud of the work we do with our staff volunteering for some very deserving charities and partners in local education, and we’re delighted to be supporting the Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy to foster the city’s talent and support young people getting into the workplace with valuable skills and training.”

Anthony McCourt, Governor of Birmingham Metropolitan College commented: “We are very excited about the Academy and are convinced that this will lead the way in preparing future generations for fulfilling and rewarding careers within the professional services sector. This new initiative has only been made possible from the support and commitment that we have received from partners such as BNP Paribas Personal Finance and we are looking forward to working with their team to deliver a unique learning experience for our students.”