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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

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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

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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

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Access and the creative industries

the upReach view, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator Recent comments from BBC Director-General Lord Hall on the BBC’s difficulties with tackling social exclusivity serve as a positive recognition of an issue that has long affected the creative industries. Though the problem is well-known, the extent of the issue continues to surprise. There is a substantive history Read More

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Outcomes of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility

the upReach View, Jade Azim, Programme Coordinator: Last week the All Party Parliamentary Group reported its findings on social mobility, or the lack of, in top professions. upReach’s CEO, John Craven, was part of a panel giving evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group alongside former Associate Archie Brixton and the Chief Executive of The Read More

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upReach proud to announce new partnership with Nomura for aspiring undergraduates from low-income backgrounds

upReach are delighted to announce a new partnership with Nomura to further extend the charity’s support for undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds to help them access top graduate jobs. upReach works closely with high-potential undergraduates on a 1-to-1 basis, providing a personalised programme of support to help them develop their employability skills and build their network Read More

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Employers should be banned from “auctioning life opportunities” – upReach

Commenting today on the publication of the Social Mobility Commission’s annual State of the Nation report[1], John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, said: “The Commission rightly highlights the shockingly low percentage of those in top professions who are from working-class origins.[2] While some top graduate employers are trying harder than ever to attract young people from Read More