Professional Development: Learn, Progress and Inspire

Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Date: 02/02/2023

Division: Future Faces

Venue: BT

General Price:

All prices exclude VAT

Future Faces Members: Free


Lifelong learning, progression within your career and inspiring the next generation.

This session focuses on the importance of continued professional development and apprenticeships. There is a misconception that apprenticeships only exist for certain sectors and for young people. However apprenticeships can be found in all sectors and can be done at any time of your career to upskill and grow.

Kasim Choudhry, Future Faces president and director of the Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards, will be hosting a panel session where we hear from a range of individuals about their learning journey. The session will also cover the idea of mentoring and lifelong learning and lifting up colleagues as they climb the career ladder. As the Future Faces of Birmingham, let's learn from each other, progress in our careers and inspire the next generation.

WEndy merrick - ceo, jumar

Overcoming adversity and discrimination in her early life and career, Wendy carved out a successful career in IT recruitment that spanned 18 years prior to founding Jumar. It was her experiences that allowed her to realise the lack of opportunity for women to excel and join the board in what was a very male-dominated industry.

With a fierce determination to succeed, Wendy founded Jumar in November 2000 whilst she was on maternity leave with her first child. In her first year, she achieved £1.2m turnover and continued to see rapid growth.

In 2012, Wendy expanded Jumar into a digital services business, providing an extension to its IT recruitment services and incorporating IT projects, offering a complete digital solution/s.

Wendy’s key focus is the strategic growth of the business – including new markets and technologies and working with the board of directors to lead teams of talented individuals to achieve its business goals. Wendy is passionate about working with people and being innovative with her approach.

Following her own experiences which include starting her career as an apprentice, Wendy is keen to promote more inclusion within Jumar and the Technology space, being part of several working groups to support others to achieve their career goals.

Tom greeN - operations manger, Msix&partners

Tom has been a leader in the youth-sector for over 15-years and has authored internationally quoted publications on children, young people and the commercial world. Tom has given a TEDx talk, inspiring young people to get involved in the decisions that affect their lives and has been invited to Buckingham Palace in recognition of his services to young people.

Tom now leads the delivery of The&Academy - a new apprenticeship programme based in Birmingham that will shape the next generation of digital and creative specialists. Because of this programme, mSix&Partners has been named the Best Workplace for Young Careers at the Digiday WorkLife Awards!

Why attend?

  • Find out more about continued professional development
  • Understand the benefits of apprenticeships and additional training
  • Learn how you to excel in your career through learning and development


  • 5:30pm: Arrival and Refreshments
  • 6:00pm: Welcome
  • 6:10pm: Professional Development session
  • 7:10pm: Q and A 
  • 7:30pm: Event Close

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