Advice & Support
Social and class backgrounds are not protected under the Equality Act 2010 or similar legislation. However, many graduate employers are increasingly alert to the potential disadvantages that may affect university students who come from a 'widening participation' background – that is, those who have faced barriers to accessing higher education due to coming from a less privileged socio-economic background or similar.
These disadvantages could include candidates being inadvertently sifted out during the recruitment process because, for example, they were unable to take up unpaid internships or to access expensive extracurricular activities.
Many employers are taking steps to remove the effects of possible disadvantages, for example by moving to a strengths-based recruitment process.