Our vision is of a society where everybody has an equal opportunity to reach their full career potential, regardless of social background.
Today we are launching a week-long fundraising campaign, #AspireDevelopSucceed, aiming to provide upReach support to an additional 130 students from less-advantaged backgrounds in 2020, to help them achieve their full potential.
Join the campaign today from £3 per month and support students to #AspireDevelopSucceed:
Last year, we provided the upReach personalised programme of employability support to 1,310 undergraduates. 164 of these students’ places were made possible by individuals who donated to upReach last year. Thanks to this support, we are able to work with these students to raise their aspirations and develop vital skills, networks and professional experiences that they need to reach their full potential.
Together, upReach Members, Supporters and Sponsors are helping us towards our target of supporting 2,500 students per year to realise their full career potential and #AspireDevelopSucceed.
Why does upReach exist?
More young people from disadvantaged backgrounds than ever before are going to university, but when they graduate, they are less likely to secure a graduate job, particularly in the most competitive sectors.
Since 2005, the proportion of students eligible for free school meals that enter university has increased from 15% to over 25%. However, at Russell Group universities, less-advantaged students who get a first class degree are less likely to secure an elite graduate job than their more privileged peers who only get a 2.2. The explanation is an Employability Skills Gap, whereby at school, those from less-advantaged backgrounds have inferior access to professional networks, career advice, extra-curricular activities and work experience.
upReach works to close the employability skills gap. 1,500 students are currently supported through the upReach personalised programme of employability development, and we aim to support 2,500 students per year by 2022.