Grant Thornton is committed to supporting vibrant regional Economies. By unlocking the potential for growth in our people, clients and our communities we believe we can help shape a vibrant economy in the Leeds City Region.
We are extremely proud to have been ranked number one in what is believed to be the world’s first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index, where the Top 50 employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace were ranked.
In recent years, Grant Thornton has made a number of changes to its school leaver and graduate trainee selection process, including the removal of academic barriers to entry and removing the emphasis on relevant work experience and extra-curricular achievements. The firm also changed its aptitude test provider to one that could prove its process did not discriminate based on socioeconomic background. The aptitude test also now takes a more holistic approach to identifying talent and cultural fit. The firm has also invested in providing ongoing coaching and peer-to-peer networking for continuous development for its people.
We are committed to this approach in Leeds and will soon be boosting it with our new Access Accounting programme, offering work experience that is specifically targeted at pupils in less advantaged schools.
We can see that this approach is both beneficial for the region and our firm and we will continue to look for ways to further develop it.