Since upReach were founded in 2012, we’ve strongly believed in the value of working in close partnership with employers, universities and charities in our sector.
Employers typically partner with us to support their wider diversity objectives. upReach help top graduate employers create the conditions for a more diverse workforce to thrive within their organisation. Our Partner Employers host Insight Days, provide mentors and professional work experience opportunities, and take care to ensure their recruitment processes are fair.
Strong partnerships with universities are crucial to our success - we work closely with Widening Participation and Careers Services to help them achieve their progression goals. Specifically, upReach’s comprehensive programme of professional development helps universities increase the proportion of students from a WP background that secure internships and graduate jobs.
Growth Catalyst Partnership
We are delighted to be supported by BofAML, our Lead Partner in Banking and Finance, who are helping upReach towards achieving our goal of supporting 2000 students per year by 2020-21. Since 2017, BofAML have also supported the 'Banking and Finance Springboard,' a programme designed to help 90 students from less-advantaged backgrounds to access career opportunities in financial services. For information about the programme, please contact us.
Lead Partner in Law
Slaughter and May exclusively sponsor the upReach Law Springboard, launched in March 2019. This programme is designed to support a cohort of 90 upReach Associates to secure career opportunities in the legal sector.
Rise University Partners
From our Partner Employers
"As proud partners of upReach, we support their social mobility vision to help talented individuals achieve their full potential, regardless of their background. We have worked with upReach since 2016; in that time we have built a strong mentorship program, offered networking sessions and insight events. Most recently, we launched the Banking and Finance Springboard, designed to enhance participants understanding of the finance industry and provide employability skills to help them realise and achieve their career ambitions.”
International Talent Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
"We believe that a fair society is one in which all people, irrespective of their background, can achieve their full potential. This is why we are proud to be a founding partner with upReach and over the last 5 years have worked together to offer 52 upReach Associates graduate jobs. We always enjoy watching the Associates improve their understanding and confidence with us as they progress through the programme with upReach; it is clear to see this support helps advance our commitment to improving social mobility."
Assessment, Selection and Programmes Manager at Deloitte
From our Rise University Partners
"The University of Exeter is delighted to be a partner University and support the excellent work that upReach offers our students in supporting their career plans. The upReach team are passionate about what they do, and the range of help and activities enables students to realise their career goals and aspirations through engagement with employer partners and support from mentors to meet their individual needs. Truly inspiring stories from upReach alumni Associates!"
Careers Consultant (Widening Participation) at University of Exeter
How to Partner With Us
How to Volunteer With Us
Volunteers have supported us in a variety of ways, including working with students, providing pro bono services, training the upReach team, offering space to host our events in their offices, and more.
Please fill out the below form to tell us about your expertise and how you think you could help us increase our impact. We aim to ensure that we work with volunteers whose skills and experience align closely with the specific needs of our Associates at any given time, or that will best support the upReach team to scale our impact. We will keep your details on record and get in touch if an opportunity for you to support upReach arises which is suitable based on your responses to this form.
In the meantime, you can keep up to date with upReach by signing up to our newsletter and following us on social media. Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about how you can support us, please email volunteer@upReach.org.uk
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