Beverley McGillycuddy, CBEB
manager, said: "It is very important that young people are aware of career opportunities .
is a Centre of Vocational Excellence collaboration between Bournville, Josiah Mason, Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton colleges.
Paul Fallon of West Midlands Fire service highlighted the fact that 25 per cent of the Birmingham and Solihull workforce is employed in the public sector and they have been working very closely with the CBEB
colleges for the past few years to develop appropriate courses to train their leaders of tomorrow.
John Wall, Area Director Allied Irish Bank (GB) and Chairman of the CBEB
said: "Mike shocked many in the room with a few straight facts about the West Midlands and its poor skills portfolio for the future.
Guests debated a number of questions and will now be interviewed by the CBEB
to identify their training needs and gain invaluable sector input.
The launch of CBEB and its subsequent progress are vital to the future success of the business and professional services sector in this region.
John Wall, area director of Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and chairman of the CBEB.
Creating employer groups through the CBEB should help steer the colleges in ensuring that the syllabus is relevant and advising them of necessary changes when required.
Beverley McGillycuddy, CBEB manager, said: 'We need to work closely together with the colleges and the employers to ensure the colleges are offering the right courses.
The CBEB is a collaboration between the four Birmingham and Solihull colleges - Bournville, Josiah Mason, Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton.
We as an advisory board are very focused on one thing - to identify specific skills gaps in the business and professional sector and then work within the CBEB to help shape a strategy to counteract this.
From left to right, John Wall, chairman of the CBEB and area director of Allied Irish Bank holding the breakfast, Beverley McGillycuddy, Mohammed Hasan, Neil Frankland, David Garrigan, Dean Nelson, Chris Grayson and Derek Inman