KPMG is entering into three new partnership agreements with organisations who work to improve social mobility in Britain by giving talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds greater opportunities to fulfil their potential through education and in their careers. The partnerships will build on KPMG’s existing established work in this area which includes education outreach and apprenticeship schemes.
KPMG will be working with the Social Mobility Foundation, Teach First and Push on three complementary programmes. Each programme will provide a variety of skills workshops, careers mentoring and work placements for young people at KPMG offices or at schools.
Working with the Social Mobility Foundation, KPMG will provide a mentor for around 25 young students from across the country over a 12 month period, including 1-2 week work placements. Volunteers from KPMG will also deliver skills workshops, and the firm will provide venues for other workshops led by the Social Mobility Foundation.
In partnership with the education charity Teach First, KPMG will become the lead supporter of the Teach First Career Insight Programme in which groups of young people will visit businesses for employability workshops to learn about the world of work and be supported by business volunteers to develop their CV and interview skills.
KPMG is also linking up with student advice organisation Push. The initiative, called ‘Simply Skilled’, offers a programme of outreach activities and employability skills training for sixth-formers in target schools identified by KPMG, followed by immersive events at KPMG offices.
KPMG already has a comprehensive programme of schools outreach in place, which these three partnerships complement. Through KPMG’s own “Access all areas” scheme, relationships have been built with a large number of schools around the country. In 2012-13, this programme supported over 5,800 young people and 120 socially excluded individuals. KPMG also has a highly successful School Leavers Programme. KPMG runs integrated education outreach and promotional activity in inner city schools to increase applications for this alternative route into accountancy from under-represented groups. It has an intake of around 150 students a year. The firm’s Stars programme, a one year work experience scheme aimed at students from east London, is also now in its third year.
Marianne Fallon, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG, said: “We are determined to play an active role in helping to improve social mobility and employability in Britain. Talented young people should not be denied a fair chance in life simply because of their background. For our profession and for business in general to remain relevant, we must reflect the wider society in which we operate. We are delighted to form these partnerships. Alongside our established programmes, they are an important part of our continuing efforts to improve social mobility and access to the profession.”
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