TipStart enables employers to help people from non-privileged backgrounds into meaningful careers in a way that is accessible, low-burden and centred in a model of community. We host a platform that initiates and supports high-quality connections between top UK employers in focus industries and graduates from non-privileged backgrounds who might want to work in the same industries. We then provide structure and support for high-quality, six-month mentoring relationships between the employees of participating organisations and students.
TipStart exists because sought-after UK graduate jobs in professions like law, consulting and government policy are dominated by people from privileged backgrounds, despite many of the top employers in these industries committing to improving diversity. Right now a student from a disadvantaged background who gains a first-class degree from a top university is less likely to secure an elite job than a more privileged student with a 2.2. Diversity-focused mentoring schemes do exist, but they are burdensome and cannot scale to meet the demand that exists.
By reducing the burden for individual people and organisations to take part, TipStart can enable more meaningful connections to be formed that cut through unequal social structures and can affect industry-wide change. Through TipStart, organisations can reach candidates from non-privileged backgrounds and university students from non-privileged backgrounds are more likely to find the right opportunities and succeed in selection processes.