Birmingham Future, the organisation that represents young professionals in the city, has selected its third Graduate Apprentice.

The initiative, launched in 2006, is a UK first in which one recent graduate is given the opportunity to experience three diverse working environments within the professional services sector in Birmingham.

The Graduate Apprentice for 2008-09 is Mayur Murali, 21, who has just graduated from the University of Warwick where he undertook a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences.

Mayur will spend four months with Deloitte in Birmingham before a similar time at property management company LMM and with VC Consulting.

Mayur, selected from a very strong field of applicants from all over the UK as well as an increasing number of international students, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity. To be able to experience three diverse working environments is the truly unique element of the Graduate Apprentice and the main reason it is so appealing.

"I am also looking forward to the challenge of making a positive impression to three different employers in a relatively short amount of time and to be able to learn and utilise new skills in each placement.”

Ruth Ward, who chairs Birmingham Future’s Graduates into Employment Committee which oversees and organises the programme, said: “When we launched the Graduate Apprentice three years ago it was aimed specifically at Midlands-based students.

"Now its appeal and popularity has resulted in applications from recent graduates from all over the UK and international students.’’