Goldman Sachs collaborates with social mobility charity upReach to support early stage professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress in their careers

Social mobility charity upReach and Goldman Sachs are pleased to announce a new partnership which will support the career progression of recent university graduates from less-advantaged backgrounds, through building an ​enhanced professional development programme.

upReach this year will support 1,500 undergraduates from lower socioeconomic backgrounds (known as upReach “Associates”) to access and sustain top graduate jobs. Their comprehensive programme of professional development is delivered in collaboration with top employers and universities. upReach addresses the progression gap, and is working towards a vision of a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their full career potential, regardless of social background.

upReach continues to support former beneficiaries of the upReach programme after they graduate, through the upReach Alumni Programme. This consists of three core elements: Events designed to help Alumni progress in their careers, develop skills and expand networks. Networking opportunities among the hundreds of former upReach participants and ​Giving B​ack, this might be as a mentor, through making useful connections, or financially – so that upReach can work with even more students in the years ahead.

As the exclusive sponsor of the upReach Alumni Programme, Goldman Sachs will be working with upReach to host a new and transformative series of professional development and networking events for Alumni from less-advantaged backgrounds; and to fund the development of a new online platform to support their professional development. This online platform will also increase interaction between Alumni and undergraduates who are current participants on the upReach programme of employability skills development.

Goldman Sachs are hosting the Alumni launch event tonight at their London offices. Heather Mulahasani, Partner at Goldman Sachs and Clare Hix, BBC Producer and Director of the 2019 documentary ‘How to Break into the Elite’ will share their guidance on developing key professional skills, and insights into the social mobility landscape.

This sponsorship expands the existing partnership between upReach and Goldmans Sachs that has supported less-advantaged undergraduates to broaden their career horizons and access competitive roles in finance. This has included 40 upReach Associates ​completing the Goldman Sachs ‘Make Things Possible Academy’ in 2019. 20 of these students have since successfully secured internships or graduate roles at Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs’ support for the upReach programme exemplifies a commitment to facilitating the discussion around social mobility and addressing hidden barriers that early-career professionals from less-advantaged backgrounds often face.

John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach said:

“We are delighted that Goldmans Sachs will be collaborating with upReach to enable us to support the next generation of talent to excel in professional environments, which are otherwise opaque and difficult for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to navigate.

The partnership will extend the impact of the upReach programme on beneficiaries as they start their careers – offering Alumni from less-advantaged backgrounds access to exclusive events designed to build upon the foundation of vital skills built during the upReach programme.

The upReach Alumni Programme is a vital channel for early-career professionals to build upon these key skills and networks to help level the playing field, and shape a society where everyone has an equal opportunity to realise their career potential.”

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Contact details

John Craven | Chief Executive, upReach
Tel No: ​07765 874363​ | Email: ​

About Goldman Sachs

At Goldman Sachs, we connect people, capital and ideas to help solve problems for our clients. We are a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals.

About upReach

upReach is an award-winning social mobility charity established in 2012 on a simple premise of fairness, and a vision of a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to realise their full career potential, regardless of social background. ​Currently supporting over 1,310 less-advantaged undergraduates to secure top jobs. upReach delivers a comprehensive programme of professional development, through partnerships with top employers and universities. ​upReach works to address the progression gap for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, by supporting them to access and sustain top graduate jobs. In October 2019, upReach won the Charity of the Year Award (income < £1m) in the prestigious Charity Times Awards.
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