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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Named as Top UK Social Mobility Employer for Second Consecutive Year

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Named as Top UK Social Mobility Employer for Second Consecutive Year

EGHAM (July 11, 2018) - Enterprise Rent-A-Car, part of the world’s largest vehicle rental company, Enterprise Holdings, has today been ranked as one of the top 10 employers on the Social Mobility Employer Index 2018. 

This is the second consecutive year that Enterprise has placed among the top 10 on this list of the UK’s top 50 employers for social mobility that is compiled by the Social Mobility Foundation and the City of London Corporation. With more than 470 locations and 5,000 employees across the UK, Enterprise has been recognised for working to ensure that it is accessing, nurturing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.

The index, which is believed to be the first of its kind globally, recognises the top UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace. 

Ashley Hever, Talent Acquisition Director at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said: “As we have hundreds of locations in very diverse parts of the UK, it’s imperative that our workforce reflects the communities that we serve. It’s equally important that everyone has the opportunity to thrive at Enterprise and has the support to progress their careers as far as they can. We recruit and promote solely on merit and performance, and it is this focus on inclusion that makes our company a place that is welcoming to all. A candidate’s background will never be a barrier to achieving their full potential.” 

In the assessors’ report, Enterprise was recognised for its outreach work at schools with above average levels of free school meals and lower levels of attainment. The company was also particularly praised for having no minimum grade requirements for any of its roles and measuring progression and retention to ensure there are no barriers for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. 

Providing opportunities to the broadest possible talent pool to foster social mobility is a long-term strategy at Enterprise. This has resulted in many people from less advantaged backgrounds reaching senior positions. For example, 65% of Enterprise managers are first generation graduates. 

In the past 12 months, Enterprise has recruited from 151 different institutions for its graduate and internship programmes, with 86% of hires from non-Russell Group universities. Its employee base is deliberately recruited from all areas where branches are based. 

The company also provides a growing apprenticeship programme that offers an accessible route into the business for non-graduates with ongoing career progression opportunities. 

Enterprise also works with external organisations, such as Bridge Builders and Girls Out Loud, to improve social mobility and employability for younger people from low income backgrounds. 

The Social Mobility Employer Index is the creation of the Social Mobility Foundation and is published in partnership with the City of London Corporation. It is a voluntary and free survey that assesses employers across seven areas, including the work they do with young people, their recruitment and selection processes and how people from lower income backgrounds progress within their organisations. 

This year, more than 100 employers from 18 sectors, who collectively employ in excess one million people, entered the Index.  

About Enterprise

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is part of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, which also owns and operates the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. In its fiscal year 2017, Enterprise Holdings recorded $22.3 billion in revenue and employed 100,000 people through its network of independent regional subsidiaries. Enterprise Holdings operates more than 10,000 fully staffed branches worldwide, is available in 90+ countries, and has a fleet of nearly 1.9 million vehicles. In the UK, Enterprise has branches and vehicles within 10 miles of 93% of the UK population (Experian). 

Enterprise provides a range of mobility products and services through:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – offers daily rental for private and business use as well as replacement vehicles for the insurance sector. In the UK, the company began operation in 1994 and now operates more than 470 locations across the country and has 5,000+ employees.
  • Enterprise Car Club – is one of the UK’s largest car clubs, which allows members 24/7 access to vehicles by the hour or more. The range includes vans, electric cars and hybrids, which can be accessed from 90+ branches and more than 1,500 on-street locations in 30 cities throughout the UK.
  • Enterprise Flex-E-Rent - supplies a range of cars, light commercial vehicles and HGVs, including refrigerated vehicles and accessible transport under short- and long-term agreements to UK businesses from 21 locations in the UK.
  • The Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise - an exclusive service for customers looking to rent a luxury, performance or premium vehicle.

 

 

For more information visit www.enterprise.co.uk

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is part of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, which also owns and operates the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. In its fiscal year 2017, Enterprise Holdings recorded $22.3 billion in revenue and employed 100,000 people through its network of independent regional subsidiaries. Enterprise Holdings operates more than 10,000 fully staffed branches worldwide, is available in 90+ countries, and has a fleet of nearly 1.9 million vehicles. In the UK, Enterprise has branches and vehicles within 10 miles of 93% of the UK population (Experian). 

Enterprise provides a range of mobility products and services through:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – offers daily rental for private and business use as well as replacement vehicles for the insurance sector. In the UK, the company began operation in 1994 and now operates more than 470 locations across the country and has 5,000+ employees.
  • Enterprise Car Club – is one of the UK’s largest car clubs, which allows members 24/7 access to vehicles by the hour or more. The range includes vans, electric cars and hybrids, which can be accessed from 90+ branches and more than 1,500 on-street locations in 30 cities throughout the UK.
  • Enterprise Flex-E-Rent - supplies a range of cars, light commercial vehicles and HGVs, including refrigerated vehicles and accessible transport under short- and long-term agreements to UK businesses from 21 locations in the UK.
  • The Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise - an exclusive service for customers looking to rent a luxury, performance or premium vehicle.

 

 

For more information visit www.enterprise.co.uk

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The Social Mobility Foundation

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds.

 

It runs free of charge programmes of mentoring, internships, university application support (including trips to universities and help with personal statements, aptitude tests and interviews) and career and skills workshops to support young people through their sixth-form and university years.

 

Currently taking on a new cohort of over 1,600 young people every year, the SMF has offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle and runs residential programmes for young people from the Isle of Wight to the Western Isles of Scotland across 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, and Technology).

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds.

 

It runs free of charge programmes of mentoring, internships, university application support (including trips to universities and help with personal statements, aptitude tests and interviews) and career and skills workshops to support young people through their sixth-form and university years.

 

Currently taking on a new cohort of over 1,600 young people every year, the SMF has offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle and runs residential programmes for young people from the Isle of Wight to the Western Isles of Scotland across 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, and Technology).

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The City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

 

  • We employ over 100 apprentices in a diverse range of jobs across the capital, supported by the Apprenticeship Levy
  • We sponsor or co-sponsor 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement.
  • We are sponsoring the Social Mobility Employers’ Index to encourage businesses to increase the socio-economic diversity of their workforce
  • We support SMEs to make use of the apprenticeship levy to increase diversity and support businesses to access skills
  • We deliver a Leaders of Tomorrow programme for future City business leaders to enable them to respond to the social, economic, political, technological challenges that are impacting on trust in business
  • We celebrate businesses that are tackling social issues through the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards
  • We fund Heart of the City a responsible business network to support SMEs to put the foundations of responsible business practice in place

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

 

  • We employ over 100 apprentices in a diverse range of jobs across the capital, supported by the Apprenticeship Levy
  • We sponsor or co-sponsor 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement.
  • We are sponsoring the Social Mobility Employers’ Index to encourage businesses to increase the socio-economic diversity of their workforce
  • We support SMEs to make use of the apprenticeship levy to increase diversity and support businesses to access skills
  • We deliver a Leaders of Tomorrow programme for future City business leaders to enable them to respond to the social, economic, political, technological challenges that are impacting on trust in business
  • We celebrate businesses that are tackling social issues through the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards
  • We fund Heart of the City a responsible business network to support SMEs to put the foundations of responsible business practice in place

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