Santander wanted to make their work experience programme truly accessible by offering disadvantaged students who can’t afford unpaid work experience and travel costs the financial support they need.
The Work-Wise volunteering scheme not only teaches students from disadvantaged backgrounds professional skills, CV writing and interview skills, but also allows them to apply for work experience at the bank. Before COVID-19, when scheme events were held on site, the candidates would receive money to cover their travel and lunch expenses. Their 4-week work experience placement is paid the National Living Wage, as opposed to minimum wage, and candidates can automatically opt into the recruitment process for its apprenticeships, traineeships and graduate programmes.
All internships are paid positions, and through the 86 Santander University Partnerships, Santander supports over 2,000 students into paid internship opportunities with small and medium enterprises annually.
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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, […]
21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper:
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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