Second City Rising – The Birmingham Boom Current Affairs
There can be no doubt that Birmingham’s stock is rising rapidly – with record numbers of visitors, huge job creation and a government focus on investing in infrastructure, it is only natural that opportunities are coming thick and fast, and the latest group of budding entrepreneurs are reaping the rewards.
Birmingham now hosts the largest concentration of businesses outside of London and has been named the best place in the UK to invest by Site Selection magazine. Jaguar Land Rover, HSBC and Deutsche Bank have all recently relocated to the South West, showing how the second city is becoming a real alternative to the capital.
One of the main reasons for the success of Birmingham is its ability to harness and keep hold of its young talent– 40% of the city’s population is made up of under-25s. A pioneering stance means that companies are increasingly offering apprenticeships as an alternative route into work, especially in the creative industries.
Creative Alliance, a local learning provider, has seen huge apprenticeship growth in the last three years, and their statistics show that there are now more young people in creative, digital and marketing apprenticeships in Birmingham than anywhere else outside of London. Crave & Lamb is one such company that is taking on apprentices, and as a marketing and creative company that work with clients such as Coral, BoyleSports and JustFab, it is easy to see why there is such demand for placements.
Speaking about Crave & Lamb’s decision to open up in Birmingham, Media Strategy Director John Keane said, “Choosing Birmingham as our next location was a no brainer as the figures speak for themselves: 75% of Birmingham’s businesses are expecting to see growth by 2016 and we want to be a part of that. This city is growing at breakneck speed and it is so exciting to be able to both experience and contribute to that as a business.”
Noel Dunne, Director of Creative Alliance, said: “Birmingham is an example to the rest of the UK, in terms of showing that the future of our economy lies within our young people. As a nation, we need to unlock this potential and help it to grow and thrive. I strongly believe that Birmingham is a pioneer in this field and I’m so pleased that the rest of the country is starting to take notice.”
By Jack J Collins, Editor, AllAboutCareers.com
Image courtesy of Creative Alliance
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British businesses desire employees able to speak a major European language, and there are signs of a shift toward languages such as Mandarin and Arabic too.
If you’ve ever considered leaving Britain for the sun-drenched shores of Australia, you’re in luck. The Australian government has announced that it plans to reduce the current ‘pass mark’ for Brits who are looking to move to Australia and obtain a working visa. Good call…
University is getting more and more expensive, but tuition fees aren’t the most immediate problem for the UK’s student population. Student living costs are the real slap in the face; so much so that the National Union of Students (NUS) claims more and more students are turning to prostitution to fund their studies.* While this may seem a little bit extreme, new research from Standard Life reveals the significant amount of money that students are currently forking out each month…
Apprentices are a happy lot. Modern apprenticeships have been on the rise for some time and the latest report from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills suggests that employers and apprentices on the whole are pretty chuffed with apprenticeships…
A-level results were published today, with over 396,000 students already accepted onto undergraduate degree courses. This is up 3% on the previous year.
The latest High Fliers report, which surveys the top graduate employers in the UK, has revealed that three quarters of the graduate vacancies at investment banks are filled by those who have already completed an internship or some form of work experience with the company. With many internship deadlines looming, there’s more reason than ever to fire off those applications…
Over half of 1500 first-year undergraduates admitted they became interested in a particular career through somebody they knew.
It has been announced today that OFFA, the Office for Fair Access, has approved ‘revised access agreements’ for 24 higher education institutions and one further education college in the UK. These changes do not affect current university students, but they will have an impact on the choices of A-level students who are planning to go to university in 2012…
A report has confirmed what we knew all along: it’s way easier to get on the career ladder if you’re well connected.
UCAS have analysed university applications and admissions since the announcement of the rise of tuition fees four years ago.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in AllAboutCareers’ hat…
Today (12 November) is the day where first year students are most likely to quit university.
Nearly a third of graduate interns are unpaid and it is estimated that each spend £926 a month to work for free.
How have you fared in the opening rounds of vacation scheme applications? ‘Could do better’? Not to worry, there’s still plenty of time left to get your applications submitted before the 31 January deadlines.
An analysis of 4000 business, political, media and public sector leaders has found that a disproportionate number have been educated at independent schools and Oxbridge.
Recent research has revealed that a flabbergasting 70% of students and graduates feel overwhelmed by the prospect of job hunting. Just 18% claim to be fully prepared when it comes to looking for that elusive first job after graduation.
A group of students in Manchester have had their games console, DVD player and speakers seized after complaints from residents.
Average advertised graduate salaries was £26,438 in October 2014 – a year-on-year increase of 15.7%. This places graduate jobs far ahead of any other sector in terms of their annual salary increase.
Video interviews are set to become more common graduate recruitment, as research has found that an increasing number are being asked to interview by video rather than face-to-face or over the phone.
The coalition government may have trebled undergraduate tuition fees to £9000 a year, but today dearest George Osbourne announced that a student loan system for postgraduate master’s degrees will be available from 2016-17.
Average salaries for graduates are £9,000 higher than non-graduates, with grads earning a median salary of £31,000.
The Labour Party and its bacon sandwich loving leader, Ed Miliband, look set to announce that they will ban unpaid internships if they win the next general election.
“What’s the cube root of 125?”
London universities are breaking the dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures.
So that’s where all the jobs are…
National Apprenticeship Week kicks off today. We’ll be bringing you a series of informative, interesting and hopefully inspiring features and news stories to mark the occasion. But first: what is it all about?
Think applying for a graduate scheme means endless forms and impossible questions? Well think again, the graduate scheme at Havas Worldwide requires just140 little characters…
Students base their votes on “student issues”, and many are still angry that the Liberal Democrats failed to honour a promise to block a rise in tuition fees when the party entered into a coalition with the Conservatives five years ago. Does this mean the student voice will not be represented at the coming general election?
There were more than seven million Tweets about jobs in the last month alone. Clearly in demand as a tool for job-hunters, Twitter has announced the launch of its first-ever UK job fair, as part of a pan-European project aiming to make careers advice and information accessible to Twitter users across Europe.
They’re back! The toughest law topics return this year courtesy of Sweet & Maxwell’s Nutshells revision series with some fresh chapters voted for by your lovely selves to save you from your law exam woes! First up, it’s the first International Law nugget: Use of Force…
Vacation scheme applications are closing soon!
Over 100,000 mature students have been accepted into universities and colleges this year.
The College of Law has announced two new scholarships for students starting their BPTC course in 2012. Part of the aim of the scholarships is to encourage diversity in the Bar. So what do they involve and how can you get your mitts on one?
The end of the year is drawing close, the days are getting darker and there’s a chill in the air. Do you know what’ll warm the cockles of your heart? Our thermal predictor. Oh yes, every year we’ll wheel out our barometer to predict what’ll be hot or not next year…