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We’ve partnered with mentoring charity ReachOut

Category: Pivot Power People
date: 8 February 2021

“Every person regardless of their ethnicity of background, should be able to fulfil their potential at work. That is the business case as well as the moral case.”
Baroness McGregor-Smith CBE, The McGregor-Smith Review, 2017

We have a long way to go. In the UK, the employment rate for ethnic minorities is 62.8% compared with an employment rate of 75.6% for white workers – a gap of over 12 percentage points. And white employees are more likely to be promoted than all other groups, despite the fact that employees from a BME group are more likely to be overqualified.

At Pivot Power, we’re passionate about creating positive change. We want to take real action that will demonstrate the business case and help us build an inclusive organisation that proportionally reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate at every level.

As a first step, we’ve partnered with mentoring charity ReachOut, to help young people from under-represented backgrounds fast track their careers.

We are mentoring four university students who are part of the charity’s Level Up Experience, a volunteering scheme where students give back to their local community by supporting primary school children.

In return for volunteering, Level Uppers are partnered with mentors from a wide range of employers and brands, helping them to develop their careers, make great connections and have amazing experiences. The scheme helps to develop valuable skills, from problem solving and time management to communication, teamwork and leadership.

ReachOut level uppersIn March, we’re hosting a virtual workshop for all Level Uppers, to help them develop their CV writing skills, and later this year – Covid allowing – we plan to hold an Insight Week, giving interested Level Uppers the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops and site tours and learn from different business functions.


We contacted ReachOut as part of an employee-led initiative to increase diversity and inclusion, sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement. Our team were inspired by the charity’s one-to-one approach, which helps children from primary school through to university to improve academic attainment, increase confidence, tackle behaviour issues and benefit from the support of a role model.

The feedback from Level Uppers speaks for itself:

“ReachOut is so much bigger than something fancy and unique to boost one’s CV, it’s the chance to benefit those who will come after us and that responsibility should treated with the respect it deserves.”

“My highlight of the ReachOut Level Up experience has definitely got to be the career mentor programme. Having been paired with the most incredible mentor, I have learnt a lot about the world of work. Having had advice and support from my mentor had prepared me to want to take more rational decisions and assess my strengths and weaknesses often.”

This is just the beginning for Pivot Power. We know we have a lot more work to do to make sure that regardless of background or ethnicity, everyone is welcome, and we’ll be sharing more details as our plans develop.


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