Push partners with KPMG to support disadvantaged school-leavers
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Leading student advice organisation Push has teamed up with top professional services firm KPMG in an innovative initiative bringing together corporate social responsibility, targeted recruitment and third sector expertise.
The initiative, called 'Simply Skilled', offers a programme of outreach activities in schools and employability skills training aimed at sixth-formers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dubbed 'How to do what you love and love what your do', Simply Skilled will include training sessions run in schools all over the country followed by immersive events at KPMG offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Through these events, it is hoped the aspirations and prospects of thousands of young people will be raised and, for students whose ambitions fit with a career with KPMG, there will be raised awareness of the available entry routes. These include industry-leading opportunities to gain training and qualifications while they earn.
Push, which already offers a National Careers Award-winning programme of in-school talks and training in hundreds of schools and colleges, will deliver the sessions (often assisted by KPMG staff) and will bring its own unique mix of sound, independent advice and entertainment. The Simply Skilled sessions will capitalise on that combination of fun and self-development, and the events in KPMG offices, in particular, will give students experience of a working environment which (as recent research by The Pearson Think Tank has shown) has become increasingly hard to access.
This is the latest in a stream of partnerships Push has forged with employers, universities and other organisations to help support young people's choices about careers and university.
On behalf of KPMG, Marianne Fallon, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG, said: "We are determined to play an active role in helping to improve social mobility and employability in Britain. Talented young people should not be denied a fair chance in life simply because of their background. For our profession and for business in general to remain relevant, we must reflect the wider society in which we operate. Working with Push has helped us to come up with a plain-speaking, appealing approach that reflects KPMG's desire to increase accessibility and improve social mobility."
Johnny Rich, managing director of Push, said: "The students most in need of support can only be helped by engaging activities that get out there into the schools and colleges. But it is not enough just to raise their hopes, we need give them to chance to realise those dreams too. That means getting them into workplaces, supporting their studies and giving them employment breaks. KPMG have been very far-sighted in helping us develop Simply Skilled."
Simply Skilled will run from October to the end of 2013 with plans to extend the scheme into 2014 and beyond.
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