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


Associate blog: Alexandra on her experiences at the KPMG Professional Experience Week

“I gained more knowledge of the professional services industry and how to network.” upReach Associate Alexandra McLeod shares her experiences of the Professional Experience Week at KPMG, and how it helped shape her perceptions and aspirations for the future: Which Professional Experience Week did you attend? I went to the KPMG Professional Experience Week with upReach. It Read More


upReach partners with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to help improve students’ access to Financial Services

The social mobility charity upReach has partnered with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in an effort to help improve access to the Financial Services sector for students from less-advantaged backgrounds. Through this new partnership with BofAML, funding will support upReach’s new ‘Banking and Finance Springboard’, a programme designed to help 90 students from less-advantaged Read More


Associate blog: Fatima on how upReach helped her secure a dream internship

  “I cannot emphasise enough how much upReach has helped me!” King’s Associate and Spring Insight Programme convert to Summer Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fatima explains what upReach means for her. How has your experience with upReach helped you? Being an upReach Associate has been incredible! Being the first in my family Read More

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Untalented rich still earn more, says Greening

The BBC reports. Low-ability youngsters from wealthy families go on to earn more money than their more gifted, poorer counterparts, Education Secretary Justine Greening has said to a Social Mobility Commission event. Children from high-income backgrounds who show low academic ability at age five are 35% more likely to become high earners than poorer peers Read More


upReach calls for private girls schools to boost gender diversity in the workplace by opening up career events and guidance to local state school girls.

On Dads4Daughters day, upReach call for private girls schools to open up the exclusive career opportunities they provide to girls from less advantaged backgrounds. (x) John Craven, CEO of upReach, said, “If Clarissa Farr, and the Girls School Association are serious about addressing gender diversity, they should open up the exclusive career opportunities that they Read More


Contextual data is key in recruitment processes

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator Grant Thornton recently undertook an experiment in their recruitment process: a relaxation of academic requirements. The Sunday Times recently reported that they have reaped the rewards in not only a newly diverse workforce, but a very successful and productive one too. In 2013, they dropped their previous requirements Read More


A more inclusive City of London

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator The Lord Mayor’s comments last week on the City of London’s socially exclusive culture is a welcome contribution to the conversation surrounding social mobility in finance and other professional sectors – a conversation that upReach has been championing, particularly with its recent partnerships with Nomura and Bank of Read More