Employers and educators met for the launch of a report by Skills for Birmingham at Villa Park.

The report, entitled ‘Young, Skilled & Ready: Educating An Employable Generation for Birmingham’, will inform the creation of a new qualification - the Birmingham Baccalaureate (BBacc) which will be piloted in a number of secondary schools from September 2013.

The research took the form of focus groups and interviews with 50 local employers between January and March 2013. Employers were recruited to represent the key sectors for Birmingham: digital, engineering, life sciences, food and hospitality. The size of firm ranges from micro and SMEs up to multinational companies with thousands of employees.

Pictures by Dale Martin.