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Team Blog: Our research shows that less-advantaged students have grit and resilience that employers should favour grit and resilience

Jade Azim,  upReach Programme Leader, shares her view on what our new research shows about the strengths of candidates from less-advantaged backgrounds It is an experience any young person from a working class background would be familiar with: at interview, make sure to modify your accent and hide away your perceived rough edges. To succeed Read More

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New social mobility research exposes deep employability skills gap between state and private schooled students

Social mobility charity upReach is today launching innovative new research that demonstrates the employability skills gap between those from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Preliminary findings using extensive data collected from over 1,500 students across the country show significant differences in some of the key employability skills and experiences required to secure prestigious graduate employment. upReach surveyed Read More

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Baroness Helena Kennedy becomes patron of upReach

upReach, a charity providing programmes of support to help bright undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds to secure top jobs, has announced that Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford University, is to be its first Patron. upReach was founded in 2012 to tackle the disadvantage that students from poorer backgrounds face in securing Read More

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upReach at Labour conference: what needs to be done to help disadvantaged young people access good jobs?

upReach joined TwentyTwenty, Impetus-PEF and experts from politics and the professions at Labour conference earlier this week to discuss what the party needs to do to ensure fair access to good jobs. John Craven, CEO of upReach, Sarah Webster, Chair of TwentyTwenty, and Maria Neophytou, Director of Public Affairs at Impetus-PEF were joined by Stephen Kinnock Read More

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Financial News: upReach CEO highlights the importance of developing employability skills to boost social mobility in the finance sector

John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, talks with Becky Pritchard at Financial News on the difficulty faced by disadvantaged candidates applying to jobs in the City. John Craven said: “Often what you will see is that students [from less advantaged backgrounds] will get to the final round interview and they won’t get beyond that”, explaining that Read More

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upReach launches new recruitment tool encouraging employers to consider contextualised A-Level grades

upReach is launching an ambitious new campaign to encourage all employers to follow the lead of universities and embrace the use of contextual data, with the innovative new REAL tool. Employers taking advantage of the new contextualised A-Level grades, known as REALratings, can identify hidden talent they may otherwise miss. For decades, universities have used Read More

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Associate blog: Sabina on the upReach Banking & Finance Springboard launch

The upReach team this week introduced its Banking and Finance Springboard, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to this week’s launch event. The Springboard is a set of activities which helps students from less-privileged backgrounds learn more about Banking and Finance, while building confidence and the technical skills crucial in making competitive applications. The Read More

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upReach welcomes Social Mobility Employer Index; calls for employers to make greater use of contextual data

Commenting on the launch of the Social Mobility Employer Index, which for the first time ranks employers on the actions they are taking to boost social mobility, John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, the social mobility charity said: “upReach welcomes this important benchmarking exercise and encourages those firms that didn’t participate to seek to achieve Read More