We recognise that boosting social mobility isn’t just about our own internal business practices, but how we support our local communities too. As part of our social mobility community programme, we work with disadvantaged school students, undergraduates and other social mobility beneficiary groups (such as refugees and our PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club members) to:
Our social mobility network brings together a community of like-minded individuals, from around the firm, who are passionate about social mobility. They help to organise and coordinate our work in this area - driving activities in their local regions and business units and sourcing volunteers to help deliver the programmes, as well as taking part themselves.
Our Social Mobility Schools programme offers secondary school students an opportunity to develop their confidence and key employability skills. The programme is aimed at secondary schools across the UK with a higher than average proportion of students eligible for free school meals. For this academic year (2020/2021), we'll be running a fully virtual programme.
We plan to restart face-to-face activity as soon as we’re able to, as we believe this type of engagement is important for the students we're looking to reach. We also intend to continue our Virtual Skills Programme, in addition to face-to-face events, so that we’re able to engage with students in hard-to-reach areas that are far from offices (for example, in local authority cold spots).
This year, we’re offering the following activities to schools and students. All of our sessions are mapped against the Gatsby benchmarks.
This virtual skills programme, aimed at secondary school students, runs over a period of six weeks, focusing on a different employability skill each week. Covering topics such as teamwork and problem solving, learning materials are released online each week. These include a 20-30 minute pre-recorded video delivered by PwC volunteers and optional challenges for students which can be submitted to us for feedback.
Summer 2021 - Dragons’ Den
For the summer term, we’re running a Dragons’ Den version of the programme for students in Years 7-9 in England and Wales, Years 8-10 in Northern Ireland and S1-3 in Scotland. This is an opportunity for students to act as entrepreneurs and develop key employability skills.
The programme is now live and all learning materials are available online. These include a series of bite size (5-10 minute) pre-recorded videos delivered by PwC volunteers along with tasks to complete in the classroom. Guidance for teachers is also provided.
These live sessions, held on Google Meet, offer students an insight into the world of business and raise awareness of the different entry routes into PwC. Lasting approximately 45 minutes, they’re aimed at students in Years 10-13 in England and Wales, Years 11-14 in Northern Ireland and S4-6 in Scotland.
The dates for our next set of sessions will be confirmed here later in the year. Teachers or careers leaders will have the flexibility to sign up for a morning or afternoon slot and to request a time that suits their timetable. Please note, these sessions are only available for delivery into a classroom with a teacher/member of school staff present. If you have any questions, please get in touch using this form.
Our online toolkit has been created for teachers and careers professionals to support their students with developing key skills in preparation for their careers, whether at PwC or elsewhere. It contains a wide selection of lessons, suitable for students aged 13-18, that can be easily accessed online. Topics include technology, financial literacy and wellbeing as well as access to resources such as our Employability Hub. All sessions have easy-to-follow lesson plans, presentations and engaging activities.
Our work with disadvantaged undergraduates includes mentoring, work inspiration days, campus events and activities, skills-based workshops and our own social mobility programme for undergraduates, PwC Aspire. We work with upReach and Aspiring Solicitors hosting a number of insight days and careers events across our offices.