Firms told to do more to keep in touch with PRIME social mobility students

A new survey has showed that two-thirds of the young people taking part in the PRIME diversity scheme had not had any further contact with law firms after they completed their initial programme.

PRIME was launched in 2011 and was born out of Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley’s brainchild of a collaborative approach towards social mobility. Each firm pledged to offer 30-35 hours of contact time to disadvantaged school-age students, with a programme that informs them about opportunities as well as developing their skills.

PRIME data

The data did reveal that many PRIME students did not want ongoing contact, but a number did want further contact but had not received any.

The report concluded: “Firms could do more to stay in touch with participants following their PRIME work experience. This is a challenge, given the resource implications of supporting each new cohort of PRIME participants who become involved each year. Therefore, we suggest that firms consider manageable, yet effective, ways of maintaining contact with those who have completed work experience.”

However, eight per cent of those surveyed had gone on to receive regular mentoring from employees of the law firm, and overall, 92 per cent of respondents to the survey felt their PRIME experience had helped them at least a little.