DWF begins second year of 5 STAR Futures with Perry Beeches The Academy

National business law firm DWF is continuing its award winning 5 STAR Futures education programme in Birmingham, helping talented students at Perry Beeches The Academy to improve their skills and boost their chances of securing employment.

5 STAR Futures offers Year 10 pupils the opportunity to gain insights into the world of work and a real life context for learning, enabling young people to focus on developing workplace behaviours, building confidence and learning from the firm’s experts. The program brings together a range of individuals from across DWF’s Birmingham office and demonstrates the firm’s collaborative approach and commitment to giving students a chance to realise their potential.

The scheme, created by DWF lawyer Simon Price in partnership with schools and other educational institutions, provides an aspirational learning framework for students. James Neale, a senior solicitor in the insurance team led the programme in Birmingham.

Simon commented: “As a firm DWF is committed to engaging with and supporting the communities in which we live and work, which includes helping the next generation of young professionals gain the confidence and skills they need as they prepare to enter the workforce. Our first year of 5 STAR Futures in Birmingham was a great success for the students and very rewarding for our people, and we’re looking forwarding to welcoming many more pupils from Perry Beeches into the programme.”

Kushina Blackwood, assistant head teacher at Perry Beeches The Academy, added: "After the success of last year’s partnership we are really looking forward to working with DWF again. Having the opportunity to experience firsthand what it’s like to work in a professional office gives our students the extra confidence and employability skills they need to be successful.”

The national programme has expanded the number of workshops available this year, and after a successful first year at Perry Beeches The Academy in 2013/2104, will see over 80 students taking part in this year’s programme. The first workshop took place on Tuesday 25 November 2014 at DWF's One Snowhill offices.