Get to know the Jobs Open Data Challenge Finalists: PiC
This Challenge and £50,000 prize has been won by Performance in Context (PiC); they were announced at the ODI Award in July held at Bloomberg in London.
What is your product?
If academic performance is influenced by context, why are recruitment decisions made without putting performance in context? We believe that in ten years time understanding performance in context will be standard across job and university recruitment.
PiC is the forefront of this recruitment industry change with our algorithm which uses open data to put performance into context. By enabling more informed student recruitment decisions, PiC increases access to university and jobs, thereby improving social mobility.
Who is your team?
PiC is Henry Morris' second social business, having previously founded and scaled upReach, a social mobility Charity. Alongside his experience of growing a social enterprise he brings in-depth knowledge of the student recruitment market.
Karina Brown is on secondment to PiC from EY. As a strategy consultant she brings commercial expertise and has passion for improving social mobility in a scalable and sustainable way.
Louka Travlos is an OnPurpose Associate at PiC. He brings 6 years of experience supporting education initiatives in Europe, Africa and India with Teach For All network.
How did you come up with the idea, when and what was the light bulb moment?
Whilst scaling upReach to support over 400 students, Henry realised that in order to bring about systemic change to the outcomes of students from less-privileged backgrounds, it was not enough to simply “better the players”. With nearly all employers and universities considering performance without context he realised that “the game” itself could be systematically changed by enabling recruiters to understand performance in context.
What open data are you using and how does it form an essential part of your proposition?
Open data is at the heart of PiC. We take data from applicants and match it against Government education and other datasets to enable recruiters to see their applicants’ performance in context. We see our role as not just an enabler of data driven recruitment decisions but also as a champion of open data in recruitment.
How will your project help help people help people get better jobs or create new jobs?
By enabling recruiters to see performance in context we are widening the talent pool and increasing access to jobs and university, especially for applicants from less-privileged backgrounds. This disruptive innovation has the potential not only to enable better recruitment decisions, but to achieve systemic improvement to social mobility and thereby the UK’s economic efficiency.
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