Some top names in school leaver and graduate recruitment in finance have been named as Champions of Social Mobility by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. So who made the list?
Accountancy firm Grant Thornton UK, Big Four professional services firms KPMG, Deloitte and EY, consultancy firm Accenture, and pensions and insurance firm Standard Life have been announced amongst the government’s 12 Champions of social mobility.
Nick Clegg’s list was compiled of some of the UK’s highest profile companies who have committed to tackling Social Mobility issues and improving young people’s chances of getting on the job ladder.
The government has recognised a wide range of industries in this list. It also includes law firms Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters, as well as representatives of the telecommunications, retail and housing industries.
The Champions are signatories of the Social Mobility Business Compact, which was set up by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in 2011, to encourage employers to offer young people fair and open access to employment opportunities.
The Deputy Prime Minister said: “I’m delighted that the Champions we have recognised today appreciate the economic value of recruiting people from all walks of life.
“Businesses know they need to find the best talent in order to succeed. This means searching beyond the usual recruitment methods and hiring young people with great potential, whatever their background. It’s great to see leaders in industry backing this approach. However many businesses are still missing out, and more companies need to follow in the footsteps of the Champions we have announced if we are to achieve our aim of a stronger economy and fairer society.”