Fitzwilliam College: upReach helping students fulfil career ambitions

John Craven, CEO of upReach, was interviewed as an Alumnus story by Fitzwilliam College, on his contribution to social mobility through upReach since he founded the student shadowing scheme in 1999 as Fitzwilliam and Cambridge University Students Union Target Schools Officer.

(Source: Fitzwilliam College)

He tells “upReach’s vision is of a society in which everybody has an equal opportunity to realise their full career potential, regardless of social background.

“Every year, we have thousands more students apply to upReach than we have enough resources to support.

“Our personalised model of support, whereby each upReach programme coordinator supports 80 students, is critical to our success, but constrains our growth, unless we can secure additional income.

“By 2022, we plan to double, supporting 2,500 students from disadvantaged backgrounds each year – six times as many as in 2015.

“To achieve this, we plan to open three more offices in UK cities, and have already secured over half the necessary funding.

“More generally, it’s really important when growing an organisation to ensure that it is sustainable. I’m thrilled that the CUSU Shadowing Scheme that I set up whilst at Fitz in 1999 is in its 20th year going from strength to strength, with 300 participants now taking part in the three-day residential programme each year.

“My aim with upReach is to ensure that by building long-term relationships with our stakeholders, the charity can continue to grow its impact over the long term, and ultimately close the progression gap so that social background is no longer a barrier to accessing top careers.”

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