COMPASS GROUP UK & Ireland was yesterday congratulated by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as one of a number of companies opening their doors to young people from all walks of life.
Compass is named as one of the signatories to the Business Compact, the Deputy Prime Ministers flagship scheme to create fairer opportunities to get the best jobs.
More than one hundred of Britains biggest companies and top professional groups have signed the Business Compact, committing them to making entry into their professions fairer.
Clegg said: This is an important step towards a society where its what you know, not who you know, that counts. Working with the Coalition, the biggest hitters in Britain s business world are helping lead the way to a fairer, more open society.
By opening their doors to young people from all walks of life, this marks the start of a culture shift at the heart of British business, driven by the belief that ability and drive should trump connections and privilege.
Last year over 1,600 people achieved an apprenticeship within Compass. Managing director Ian Sarson said the catering and support services industry offers hugely diverse, fantastic career opportunities.
We are always looking for enthusiastic young people that have a passion for providing great service and welcome the new ideas and innovations that they can bring. This Business Compact is focused on creating these opportunities and opening doors for all young people from all backgrounds and we are fully committed to this scheme.
The Business Compact forms a key part of the Deputy Prime Ministers Social Mobility Strategy, launched in April 2011, which sets out the Governments determination to ensure every individual is free to achieve, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.