PwC has a strong focus on supporting social mobility and it’s a core part of achieving our purpose as a business, which is to build trust in society and solve important problems.
We ensure our recruitment processes enable access and progression for all, in an inclusive workplace. We raise skills and aspirations in our communities, help young people to be more aware of the world of work and more successful within it. We also support social enterprises, which are often run by, and serve, some of the most disadvantaged communities across the UK.
Social Mobility In Focus
Why is social mobility important to PwC?
We believe that someone’s talent and determination should decide how far they progress in their career. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case and too many people are held back by where they grew up, where they went to school or what their parents do for a living. That is wrong and as one of the leading employers in the UK, we have a responsibility and an opportunity to try and put that right.
As a firm we want to ensure that our people reflect wider society. PwC is a people business and we need the best people to work for us, regardless of where they come from. Our work and our people will be better for being informed by diverse insights and experiences.
Can people from all backgrounds join PwC and be successful?
Absolutely. We recruit widely and we work with schools, communities and charity partners to raise aspirations and awareness, removing barriers where we find them. We’re also focused on making sure that people can reach their full potential once they’ve joined us and progress within our firm, by ensuring that we have a workplace that is inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds.
We provide a number of routes into PwC and we’re continually innovating, to increase the opportunities people have to work for us. For example, we’ve removed UCAS points from the majority of our graduate and undergraduate opportunities; we’ve strengthened our School and College Leaver programmes; we have our Flying Start university programme and we now have our new Technology Degree Apprenticeship programme at the universities of Queen’s (Belfast), Birmingham and Leeds, launching in September 2018.
What are PwC’s social mobility priorities?
We’ve set up a social mobility team and developed a five-point social mobility action plan, to guide our work in the next five years:
- Help 25,000 young people to develop workplace skills, with a particular focus on social mobility coldspots;
- Provide paid work experience for at least 1,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds;
- Give 100 young people a year the chance to develop in-demand technology skills and training, with no tuition fees, through our technology degree apprenticeship;
- Support the government’s social mobility agenda by being a cornerstone employer in Bradford;
- Support the development of 250 social enterprises and commit to spending at least £10 million with social enterprises through our supply chain.
How can PwC staff get involved with social mobility initiatives?
We know that many of our people want to give something back to society, whilst developing their skills, so we continue to offer a significant amount of time – up to six days per year – for any of our staff or partners to volunteer. We have a longstanding community programme, which this year delivered over 80,000 hours of volunteering and supported 20,000 beneficiaries across our focus areas of education and enterprise.
Our people can get involved in all sorts of different ways, from acting as a strategic adviser on careers and enterprise to a school, one-to-one mentoring with a school student or providing business support to a social enterprise.