Banks and accountancy firms recognised for social mobility work

Several banks and accountancy firms have been recognised for their social mobility work at the UK Social Mobility Awards.

The awards, which is the first of its kind, was organised by charity Making the Leap and sponsored by professional services and Big Four firm PwC and the RAF and celebrates businesses that are developing career programmes that promote social mobility.

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Accounting and Big Four firms KPMG and Deloitte were recognised for their social mobility work at the awards, whilst construction company Wates Group picked up the organisation of the year award and received recognition for its early careers programme, which provides support to school leavers, apprentices and graduates.

Barclays received the recruitment programme of the year award, whilst Metro Bank picked up the progression programme of the year award and youth leadership development organisation UpRising received recognition for its impact management programme.

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Commenting on the awards, Making the Leap CEO and Founder Tunde Banjoko said that they were created to encourage businesses and organisations in the UK to tackle the issue of social mobility.

“Our hope is that they inspire companies and organisations across the country to think about the social mobility programmes that they are currently running, and do good enough work so that they may win in UK Social Mobility Awards 2018,” he said.

KPMG Deputy Chair Melanie Richards commented on the accountancy firm’s award, stating that it was recognition of the company’s work to make the profession more accessible but recognised that it had a continuing part to play in “bridging the inequality that exists across our country.”

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