upReach

Do you think that your socio-economic background should determine your career prospects? upReach’s vision is of a society in which everybody has an equal opportunity to realise their full career potential. We help young people from less-advantaged backgrounds achieve their career potential by providing an intensive programme of support that addresses socio-economic barriers to graduate employment.

Our work is important because right now those from comprehensive schools are 17 times less likely than those from selective schools to secure graduate roles at some top employers.

We are an award-winning charity employer working to address this issue in partnership with employers and universities. Building on the success of the past five years, upReach’s current partners include Allen & Overy, Bank of America, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Deloitte, McKinsey & Company and Slaughter and May. We also partner with universities including Exeter, King’s College London, Liverpool, Warwick and Manchester.

This academic year, over 2000 undergraduates (we call them upReach Associates) are being supported through our unique programme of application support, soft skills workshops, video forums (small group, online seminar-style sessions), mentoring and professional experience.

We aim to support 2,500 per year by 2022, while maintaining our personalised approach and expanding the support offered.

upReach is a dynamic place to work. We have invested in class-leading technology to facilitate, deliver and evaluate our programmes. The upReach Graduate Employability Framework (GEF), against which all of our activities are mapped, enables students to understand their employability and plan their learning. We built getEmployable to provide all students with a means to measure their employability using the GEF.

Our contextualised grade model, REALrating, is used to better understand academic potential rather than relying on grades alone. We host the Student Social Mobility Awards held annually at the House of Lords, celebrating outstanding student success, and providing role models which we showcase with our aspire videos and guide sent to 2,500 state sixth forms.

We are constantly looking to identify new opportunities to grow our existing products as well as exploring new ideas, with our most recent idea, the Social Mobility Network being the latest product, launched in January 2021.

To find out more about upReach and how we support our students, visit our website.