PwC wins Community Programme award at UK Social Mobility Awards 2018

Oct 19, 2018

At last night’s UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs), PwC won Community Programme of the Year Award in recognition of initiatives delivered in schools across the UK. PwC’s work focuses on raising the aspirations and employability skills of young people, alongside providing support for 250 social entrepreneurs through the PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club.

PwC was also highly commended in both the Leadership of the Year and Organisation of the Year categories.

PwC has a range of initiatives to promote social mobility including new Technology Degree Apprenticeships with five UK universities. We ensure that recruitment processes for school leavers, graduates and experienced hires enable access for all. PwC is active in its communities, raising skills and aspirations that will help people to be more aware of the world of work and more successful within it.

Through the PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club, the firm provides training and development support to social enterprises, which we know are often run by, and serve, some of the most disadvantaged communities across the UK.

Laura Hinton, chief people officer at PwC, said:

“We are delighted to have been recognised for our community programmes at the SOMOs and highly commended for Organisation of the Year and Leadership of the Year. Thanks to all our team and colleagues who have shared their skills volunteering and mentoring across PwC this year.”

The Awards celebrate forward-thinking organisations developing initiatives to promote social mobility, either within their own workforces, or by influencing the debate from beyond their own walls. By raising awareness and celebrating the people and organisations that are committed to bringing about change, these awards aim to advance the practical implementation of social mobility in this country.


Notes to editor.

  1. The UK Social Mobility Awards is organised by leading Social Mobility charity Making The Leap, which has supported over 50,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds over 25 years.

  2. The mission of the UK Social Mobility Awards is to promote the issue of social mobility, and best practice, and celebrate the businesses and organisations who are demonstrating excellence in this arena.

  3. This awards programme is for UK-based private sector, public sector and third sector organisations that have at least 20 employees.

  4. For information call Making The Leap on 020 8962 1900 or visit

Winners - Organisations

Organisation of The Year

Winners: Grant Thornton

Highly Commended: PwC

Innovation of the Year – sponsored by PwC

Winner: Penguin Random House UK

Highly Commended: PA Consulting

Leadership of The Year – sponsored by BNP Paribas

Winner: Social Mobility Business Partnership

Highly Commended: PwC

Recruitment Programme of The Year – sponsored by Hedley May

Winner: Greene King

Progression Programme of The Year

Winner: Ministry of Justice

Community Programme of The Year

Winner: PwC

Winners - Individuals

Outstanding Contribution to Social Mobility

Winner: Melanie Richards, KPMG

Champion of The Year

Winner: Matthew Coats, Cabinet Office

Highly Commended: Angles Forbes, Lendlease

Mentor of The Year – sponsored by Coutts

Winner: Leila Thomas, Thomson Reuters

Highly Commended: Catherine Stewart, Deloitte

Rising Star – sponsored by Foxtons

Winner: Jonathan Andrews, Reed Smith

Highly Commended: Akama Davies, Xaxis


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