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Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

Hiring

Contextualising applications at RPC

Blind recruitment helps control for bias, but candidates from lower socio-economic backgrounds are often still at a disadvantage when assessed against minimum qualifications or standard benchmarks. RPC uses the Rare Contextual Recruitment System to contextualise each applicant’s achievements, helping hiring managers to base their evaluations on merit instead of absolute scores. The tool enables RPC to consider a wider talent pool and identify high-potential candidates who would have otherwise been missed. Of the graduates who began training with RPC in 2020, 35% were candidates from a lower socio-economic background.

RPC 2020 graduate training programme

Outreach

Accessing underrepresented groups with RPC

Not having the right introductions or network can be a barrier to entry or progression within the legal sector, no matter how talented an individual is. RPC has partnered with Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation that works to increase diversity in the legal sector, arranging open days for Aspiring Solicitor candidates and encouraging them to apply for its summer school work experience programme. In 2019, Aspiring Solicitor candidates made up 53% of the summer cohort, and 57% of the training contracts offered at the end of the programme.

2019 Aspiring solicitor candidates

Latest news and blogs

Social Mobility Data Masterclass – why you need to #AskTheQuestion

In our recent Social Mobility Data Masterclass, we explored the importance of collecting data on employee’s socio-economic backgrounds for creating effective diversity and inclusion strategies. You can watch the recording of the Social Mobility Data Masterclass here. We were joined by Andrew Young, Workforce Diversity Lead at the BBC; Cliff Sale, Social Mobility Programme Lead, […]

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21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper:

13/04/2021

Join us on 21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper: ‘Navigating the labyrinth’ – a comprehensive study on how socio-economic background shapes career #progression within the Civil Service, with key learnings for employers. Sign up to attend here ➡ https://lnkd.in/dUJ46Yr

Led by our Commissioner, Sam Freidman, the report sparks discussion about the unwritten rules to progression. It’s an example of the UK Civil Service taking the lead on #SocialMobility; acknowledging what more needs to be done and showing others how they can follow suit.

At the #LaunchEvent we’ll discuss the findings of the report and what it means for social mobility.

The event will be chaired by Sandra M Wallace, interim Co-Chair, Social Mobility Commission. Joining her on the #panel is:

• Professor Sam Freidman, Social Mobility Commission
• Nik Miller, Bridge Group
• Louise Ashley, Royal Holloway, University of London
• Dr Dave O’Brien, The University of Edinburgh
• Bernadette Kelly, Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom and Social Mobility Champion in the Civil Service
• Alex Thomas, Institute for Government

See you there!

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