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Financial News: Big banks lean on eight elite universities for new recruits

John Craven, CEO of upReach, was asked by Financial News to comment on their investigation into the educational backgrounds of 600 investment banking trainees, which found continued elitism where more than half of trainees hired by London’s biggest investment banks come from just eight of the UK’s top universities. John Craven, a former equity derivatives salesman Read More

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Bloomberg: upReach CEO on Boosting Social Mobility, Equal Opportunities, U.K. Workforce

“It is no doubt that the job market is tough but if you’re from a working-class background it’s even tougher. Researchers have found highly qualified employees in the City of London and elite professions were paid less according to their social background. On Bloomberg Equality we spoke to upReach Chief Executive Officer John Craven, a Read More

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Law firm extends social reach

Slaughter and May and upReach partner to launch legal sector access programme as firm builds on pioneering work in social mobility. The Law Springboard, which is a programme designed to improve access to the legal sector for high potential undergraduates from low socio-economic backgrounds, will support 90 students through personalised one-to one support, skills workshops, Read More

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Evening Standard: upReach Associate Tom Burgess and his mentor discuss the benefits of their relationship

upReach Associate Tom Burgess and his Deloitte Mentor Daniel Lister discuss the benefits that their mentoring relationship has brought in this Evening Standard article. upReach works with more than 30 top employers, as well as universities, to offer opportunities to broaden students’ horizons, help them understand different career pathways and develop skills. The mentoring programme Read More

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Institute of Student Employers: Contextualised Grades for Graduate Employers

Eugene Malthouse, Employer Partnerships Manager at upReach, writes for the Institute of Student Employers about upReach’s new contextual recruitment platform REAL (Relative Education Attainment Level). REAL is a research and evidence-based tool that adjusts students’ grades by taking into account fourteen indicators of disadvantage such as school performance decile, and free school meal eligibility. REAL Read More

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The Times: Jobs algorithm lets poor leapfrog the privileged

As featured in The Times, upReach are announcing the roll out of our new Advanced Contextualised A-Level Grade tool, REAL, that gives employers a fairer measure of applicants’ academic achievement and potential than grades or contextual flags alone. City firms are to be offered a free new recruitment tool that raises the A-level grades of Read More

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eFinancialCareers: upReach CEO on supporting applications to highly competitive banking graduate schemes

John Craven, Chief Executive Officer of upReach, talks with Sarah Butcher of eFinancialCareers on the support upReach provides Associates for competitive graduate schemes in banking.   They say that getting a first job in financial services is a difficult business; the success rate is often less than 1%. John Craven, a former director of structured 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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How social class can affect your pay

Financial Times journalist, Naomi Rovnick, discusses how professionals from elite backgrounds earn more than peers from working-class families with CEO, John Craven. Research published by Professor Daniel Laurison and Dr. Sam Friedman identifies a “class ceiling” in the professional workplace where social background impacts employees’ salaries. Highly qualified employees in the City and elite professions Read More