UK: DWF moves to contextual assessment for graduate recruitment

UK: DWF moves to contextual assessment for graduate recruitment

Global law firm DWF has announced that it has moved to a “contextual assessment of graduate recruitment”, hoping to attract a more diverse talent pool.

DWF will no longer be asking for specific high school qualifications for its graduate recruits, rather it will look for “good A-levels/Scottish Highers or equivalent”.

The firm’s decision comes amid high-profile controversy over exam grading across the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DWF said it made the decision in an effort to attract the best talent, especially those who may have chosen not to apply to DWF due to previously high entry requirements.

James Szerdy, graduate recruitment partner at DWF, said: “Since implementing the rare contextual recruitment system in 2017, we have been able to look at an applicant’s achievements in the context that they were gained which has enriched our recruitment process and has given us a clearer idea of candidate potential.

“We want to take the next step towards a more contextual assessment, ensuring that we are attracting and recruiting talented individuals from all backgrounds.”

Ty Jones, director of corporate social responsibility and engagement at DWF, said: “For too long social background has impacted an individual’s likelihood of working in the legal sector.

“As a leading social mobility employer, we are taking steps to dismantle the barriers to accessing and progressing within the profession. This change is a positive step to becoming a more inclusive employer.”

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