About 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 Aviva, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Civil Service Fast Stream, Coutts, Deloitte, McKinsey, Slaughter and May, Unilever and Wellcome. We also partner with universities such as Cardiff, Exeter, King’s College, Liverpool and Warwick to name a few.

This academic year, over 1600 undergraduates (we call them upReach Associates) have been supported through our unique programme of application support, soft skills workshops, video forums (small group, online seminar-style sessions), mentoring and professional experience. In 2020-21, upReach are planning to offer support to 2000 associates, and are growing the team accordingly, making this an exciting time to join us.

In the last four years, upReach’s turnover has more than quadrupled, with a team of 26 FTE currently employed.

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

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