upReach are hosting its second Social Mobility Network webinar at 13:00 on 18th February to discuss how the platform differs from other mentoring opportunities and how employers and universities can join the platform.REGISTER
The Social Mobility Network is a platform built by upReach to enable students from less-advantaged backgrounds to access a network of professionals who work in a broad range of industries.
Features for students include “Ask an Expert” a question, book a “Career Chat” or “Mock Interview” or arrange more formal mentoring with one of hundreds of professionals committed to their development.
By growing their professional network within their chosen sector, students build a greater understanding of career pathways, develop technical knowledge and commercial awareness, and build the social and cultural capital that employers value so highly, allowing them to fulfil their career potential.
upReach are a multi award-winning social mobility charity that deliver an intensive programme of support to over 2,000 students in partnership with leading employers and universities.
In the UK, less-advantaged students are more likely to go to university than ever before but even when they outperform those who are more privileged, they are still less likely to secure top graduate jobs. Among those at Russell Group universities, working class students who get a first are less likely to secure an elite job than a more privileged student who gets a 2:2 degree.
Graduate roles at leading organisations are increasingly the gateway to lucrative careers and senior leadership roles in influential professions including finance, law, politics and the civil service. These senior leadership roles are currently dominated by those from private schools, with two thirds of the Cabinet, 65% of senior judges, 59% of civil service permanent secretaries and 57% of the House of Lords, attending fee-paying schools that educate just 7% of the population.
At upReach, we refuse to let the old (but still often true) cliche “It’s who you know, not what you know” limit the progression of students from less-privileged backgrounds.
To tackle this challenge, we have built upon our experience supporting thousands of students and running a mentoring programme since 2013. We have also consulted extensively with students, mentors, employers and universities to inform the design of the Social Mobility Network.
While traditional mentoring schemes are valuable, they do not replicate the deeper informal networks that those from more privileged backgrounds can rely on for support.
In the first quarter of 2021, selected students from upReach's Partner Universities will have access, before the platform is rolled out to upReach Associates from over 60 universities during 2021.
The network will include hundreds of professionals from a range of leading employers across key career sectors.
We are particularly grateful to our Strategic Partner for their support in growing the platform, and for providing up to 50 professionals.
To find out more about becoming a partner employer or university, please get in touch.
If you are registered to use the Social Mobility Network, please click the relevant link below to login: (these links will be available shortly)
The Social Mobility Network has been created by upReach, an award-winning charity.
Making a donation helps upReach to support more high-achieving students from less-advantaged backgrounds to access the top professions.
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The easiest way to find out more about the Social Mobility Network, is to sign up to one of our monthly Information Webinars.
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