'Poshness tests' still preventing social mobility in the City
15 Jun 15

Commenting on the publication of a report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission ‘Non-educational barriers to the elite profession evaluation’ indicating that working-class applicants struggle to get access to top jobs in the UK, Bridget Gardiner, Executive Director of The Brokerage said:

“The Brokerage endorses the three key recommendations in this important report, which match our vision for young Londoners. We help state school students in some of the most deprived boroughs in the country gain real opportunities and real jobs in professional and financial services. We work hard to dispel the perception shared by many of the young people we support that working in the City is “not for people like me” and “only for posh boys”. 91% of our candidates are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, whilst 58% are female."

The Brokerage has been providing practical skills and professional experience to talented young Londoners since 1996. Our engagement offers these young people from state schools the best possible chance of crossing the line, placing them on a level playing field with their more advantaged peers, through workshops and masterclasses covering CV writing, interview skills, mock assessment centres and employability skills. Over 300 alumni act as volunteer role models, providing inspirational case studies, talks and mentoring support. Their message, “if I did it, you can do it too” resonates loudly and clearly with current 6th formers at London state schools.

We filled a total of 167 placements and permanent vacancies in 2014/15, an increase of 17 on last year. 60 employers used our recruitment services, demonstrating that an increasing number of City businesses trust us a recruitment specialist and, in many cases, as an alternative to commercial agencies. 

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