The start-up costs of this project have been funded by Packt Publishing a Birmingham employer in the IT publishing business.
Skills for Birmingham was created by Packt Publishing (Birmingham’s only book publisher, publishing on software and IT) in response to the BBacc concept. Motivated to contribute to the Birmingham Baccalaureate, Packt’s Board agreed to fund the start-up phase of Skills for Birmingham, as a corporate social responsibility activity. The research, carried out from November 2012 to April 2013 led to engagement from 50 employers across the city and a desire from the Skills for Birmingham team, in conjunction with Perry Beeches and Small Heath School, to bid to be the city council’s development partner for the Birmingham Baccalaureate.
In May 2013 Skills for Birmingham were introduced as delivery partners for the Birmingham Baccalaureate. We wasted no time in getting to work with our delivery partners to develop the BBacc model and recruit our eleven pilot schools ready for the pilot to commence in September 2013.
Who are Skills for Birmingham?