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Deloitte confirmed as Social Mobility Business Compact Champion

29 March 2016

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has met a series of strict criteria to confirm its position as one of eleven Social Mobility Business Compact Champions named by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

During 2015, the firm has built on its commitment to improve social mobility through the introduction of a range of new measures to help ensure equal opportunities for people from all backgrounds. These include:

  • The introduction of contextualised academic data to recruit more than 1,500 graduates and school-leavers through a partnership with Rare, a specialist in diversity recruitment;
  • School and university blind interviews to address unconscious bias and ensure that job offers are made on the basis of present potential, not past personal circumstance;
  • The creation of 100 additional jobs for school and college leavers through the firm’s redesigned BrightStart Business Apprenticeship Scheme;
  • An increase in the places available on the Deloitte ASPIRE work experience programme, bringing the total to 200 and providing places in an additional four Deloitte regional offices;
  • The introduction of video gaming technology in the BrightStart recruitment process to help identify people who may not typically stand out through a traditional recruitment process;
  • The publication of data on the socio-economic and educational background of the firm’s partners and employees to help evaluate and inform an ongoing social mobility strategy.

David Barnes, managing partner for public policy and corporate responsibility at Deloitte, said: “We are delighted to have been confirmed as one of the government’s Social Mobility Business Compact Champions. At Deloitte, we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse and reflects the make-up of today’s society. We want to ensure that everyone can thrive, develop and succeed in our firm and, throughout 2015, we took several important steps towards showing that a career at our firm is open to all. We look forward to continuing our Social Mobility journey and to sharing our approach with other interested businesses.”

Nick Boles, skills minister, said: “The Social Mobility Business Compact Champions have risen to the challenge set by government and shown genuine commitment to bring about positive change. They have gone beyond just volunteering in schools or changing the way they advertise jobs; they have made social mobility a core part of their corporate strategy. I hope this will inspire other businesses to follow suit.”

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Notes to editors

Deloitte supports a number of programmes and initiatives which aim to support social mobility, including:

Deloitte Access: Deloitte Access, delivered in collaboration with Teach First, is a programme designed to raise aspirations, support achievement and provide improved post-education opportunities for schools in low-income communities. Through the scheme, more than 1,600 Deloitte volunteers supported 4,400 students from 14 schools across the UK in the last academic year.

Deloitte ASPIRE work experience programme: The Deloitte ASPIRE work experience programme launched in September 2015 and consists of a week of skills workshops, career insight sessions and work shadowing. In 2016, the programme will take on 200 students across 4 of our regional offices.

Contextualised recruitment: The firm’s partnership with Rare, a specialist in diversity recruitment, gives Deloitte’s recruiters a range of standardised data on candidate’s economic background and personal circumstance, allowing them to make more informed choices by considering the context in which their academic achievements have been gained.

BrightStart Apprenticeship programme: The BrightStart Apprenticeship Scheme is a new iteration of the existing BrightStart School Leavers Scheme. The scheme will offer 200 places to school and college-leavers from September 2016, who will have the opportunity to study technical qualifications alongside working at the firm.

About Deloitte
In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

Deloitte LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see www.deloitte.co.uk/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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Kaylin Duckitt
Deloitte LLP
+44 020 7007 2040
kduckitt@deloitte.co.uk

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