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Social equality needed in the employment process

Filed under: CISSP — Mark on August 22, 2012

According to UpReach founder Henry Morris, having people from various backgrounds attending university does not mean that social mobility is in play on its own. The next stage is balanced and fair recruitment.

The social enterprise plans to make professions more accessible to undergraduates who do not come from privileged backgrounds. This would give a fairer chance to those graduates seeking CISSP jobs and business continuity vacancies, along with other available positions, who might not come from a privileged background.

The issue was mentioned on the UpReach website, which reported that undergraduates equal those with more privileged backgrounds when at university. In some cases, in fact, they better them. However, the accessibility to jobs reveals a broader gap.

Morris, who is a former tech entrepreneur, has noted that social mobility has been an issue for a long time. He told Recruiter:

“Where we are unique is going beyond that, opening people’s minds that there still is an issue when young people from less privileged backgrounds have reached university.

“What we argue is that these are students who may not self-select and if they do, they can under-perform their potential during the recruitment process – we help to up skill them to be work-ready during the process.”

The organisation intends to forge relationships with universities as potential partners, as well as employees, until November, when it will begin its pilot programme featuring a minimum of two universities from the beginning of next year.

UpReach, says Morris, has an interest in collaborating with employers from a range of sectors that includes recruitment. However, the four industries that it targets are banking, consulting, professional services and law.

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