July 01, 2022


The Rise Initiative, which launched last year to teach life skills to young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, has added 16 companies to its roster of partners. Accountancy-led social mobility initiative Rise expanded its membership this week resulting in the welcome of 16 new professional services firms, boosting its capacity to deliver support to young people from the poorest households.

Last December, ICAEW, EY, KPMG, PwC, BDO and Grant Thornton launched Rise with the aim and determination to teach life skills including communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills to young people from lower economic backgrounds.

Sharon Spice, Director, Global Marketing, Brand and Belonging, ICAEW, says the contribution of new partners to the Rise programme will make a real difference to young people, especially those who have had to play ‘catch up’ on their studies after their education was impacted by the pandemic.

Sophie Parkhouse, partner at Albert Goodman and one of the new Rise partners says:

“We are fully engaged with the Rise initiative and cannot wait to collaborate with so many bright young persons and have a positive impact on their future journey.”

With the help and collaboration of the new partners, Rise aims to have 6,000 pupils attend 100 workshops in 2022-23. Educational charity The Talent Foundry delivers the workshops on behalf of Rise.


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