Birmingham's future professionals are to be given unique support with a new student-based mentoring scheme which will provide aspiring professionals access to some of the city's best rising talent.

Birmingham Future, which already has a strong track-record of mentoring graduates, will be using this expertise with Birmingham City University to create a pilot scheme that will see young professionals from within the city's professional and financial services sector, paired up with undergraduates from the University.

The scheme, aimed at improving the awareness of the sector and the employability of undergraduates, provides a personal insight into life in the professional services sector. In addition it will give undergraduates tailored advice on the standards and work ethics necessary to become successful practitioners.

The pilot scheme will run until September 2008 with plans in place to extend and widen the scheme if the pilot proves to be successful.

Mary Martin, Pro Vice Chancellor for the University said: "Birmingham City University is wholly committed to training and delivering highly employable graduates.

"We have an established relationship with the professional services sector and are delighted that Birmingham Future have provided this excellent platform to inspire and motivate future graduates."

Madeleine Reaves, Chair of Birmingham Future's Mentoring Committee said: "This is an important development for Birmingham Future and builds on our mentoring schemes that are already established and have achieved some very positive results. One of the organisation's key objectives is to engage more with graduates and the Higher education sector and this pilot with Birmingham City University provides a milestone for us."

Further details of the scheme and how to get involved can be found at or contact Gurpreet Jagpal at Birmingham City U niversity on 0121 331 7992