KPMG has hosted an event at its Snowhill offices aimed at helping young professionals from the Bangladeshi community.
The event was aimed at members of FYSHnet, which is the Bangladeshi business professionals network, and was co-hosted by Community Connect Foundation and Legacy West Midlands.
The former was originally the Smethwick Bangladeshi Youth Forum, and today is best known as a training provider.
Legacy West Midlands is also linked to the Bangladeshi community and is a charity which works with young people, as well as recording the heritage of post-war migrants to the area.
The event was aimed at helping young professional Bangladeshis understand more about Birmingham’s leading employers, and included a presentation by KPMG partner Andy Argyle, about how to pursue a career in the professional services sector.
He talked about the many routes into the firm, including the new KPMG360 apprenticeship scheme, which will be launched in September and will offer 110 apprenticeship places nationwide, a number of which will be in Birmingham.
Host for the evening was Aftab Rahman, director of Legacy West Midlands, who said: “This event is a culmination of a fruitful relationship between KPMG and Legacy WM.
“KPMG has demonstrated a commitment to take forward the diversity agenda and leading the way for other corporate businesses to learn from. We hope that this event will inspire young people to apply for jobs within the professional services sector.”
Also present was Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers, who spoke about opportunities in the city for young people.
He said: “There is an unprecedented amount of development happening in Birmingham and we are working with the public and private sector to ensure there are real opportunities for our young people, whether in training, apprenticeships or full-time employment.
“It is vital that people from all communities benefit from growth, and it was great to see so many young people at this professionals’ network event which provided valuable insight and advice about career development.”