Fuente: www.consultant-news.com Fecha: 06.04.2011
PwC supports Social Mobility Business Compact
Richard Collier-Keywood, managing partner, PwC said: “Overall this is about diversity: the people we recruit need to reflect the communities we’re operating in and the clients we have. Anything that supports our programmes to widen access to the professions is a good thing, and we warmly support the initiative.
“There’s a misconception that to widen access you have to lower standards. That’s simply not the case. What we need to do is ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to see the opportunities, understand what’s required of them, and receive the support to achieve their potential. The Compact is accelerating more businesses to do that.
“We believe the impact and influence of the Compact can be much wider than work experiences alone. We’re looking at opportunities to get involved in schools earlier, to tackle misconceptions about a career in a firm like ours and to explain the range of opportunities.”
In 2010 around 1000 PwC employees provided mentoring and coaching support to young people on employability and education nationwide, valued at around £2.3m, or 347,000 hours. The firm is currently developing new programmes to extend the support into schools, and linking it to our A level and graduate recruitment campaigns.
PwC’s employability skills campaign, launched in 2008, provides essential tools and information on the skills employers need for jobs, and how students can gain them. Online assessment tools, seminars and open days online, and on campuses, have attracted almost 200,000 visitors since the campaign began.
Richard Collier-Keywood, managing partner, PwC said: “Widening access to the professions will mean further extending the reach of our employability skills campaign and support. Crucially it helps young people understand not just how to open the door to employment, but to find it in the first place.”