Social Mobility – The Latest in The Movement

Mar 10, 2021

Social mobility over the last few weeks…


Social Mobility Business Seminar: 

Our Social Mobility Business Seminar is taking place virtually on April 21st. The confirmed speakers so far are Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Minister for Business and Industry, Farrah Storr, the Editor-in-Chief at Elle UK, Alison Gurdthe Global Head of Proposal Management at BNP Paribas UK, and Chris Stylianou OBE, the Chief Operating Officer at Sky UK & ROI.

With more speakers to follow, make sure to register to the event (in the link below) to ensure you are part of the notable discussions surrounding the advancement of social mobility in UK businesses. 

Join the movement – register to the Business Seminar here. 


ONS report – Labour Market Overview UK, February 2021: 

As touched upon in previous social mobility round up blogs, the COVID-19 pandemic has a staggering impact on economic and employment developments across the UK. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recently published a report on the Labour Market Overview, UK, which focused on employmentrelated statistics over the past year (Feb 2020 to Feb 2021). A key finding from this report highlights that those under-25 have been adversely affectedas it states that almost 3/5 of the fall in employees over the past year has been within this demographic, illustrating the necessity of social mobility moving forward. 

To read the full report and find out more, click here. 


Education Policy Insititute – Disadvantage Gap in 16-19 Education: 

The Education Policy Insititute have recently published a new report which measures the disadvantage gap in education for those between 16 to 19, and highlights the educational inequalities for young people based on socio-economic factors. The main findings indicate that “the average disadvantaged student is the equivalent of around three Alevel grades behind their non-disadvantaged peers” highlighting that more needs to be done for young disadvantaged people. It also touches upon the need for an improvement to the methodology in collecting attainment data for young people aged 16-19. 

Read the full report here. 


NatWest Apprenticeships: 

Last week was National Careers Week, and to celebrate this NatWest announced it’s launching a new programme that will create 150 new contact centre apprenticeships for young people throughout 2021. This programme is specifically for those young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are facing barriers in their early careers. NatWest are working in partnership with Leadership Through Sports & Business, and will provide opportunities to young people aged 16-24 in 6 regions where youth unemployment has been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read more about the initiative here. 


Social Mobility Foundation – Social Mobility Employers Index: 

The 2021 Social Mobility Employer Index is open for submissions. The Index is a bench-marking initiative from the Social Mobility Foundation, ranking and assessing employers progress towards advancing social mobility – submissions close on the 28th May 2021. 

More information about the Index here. 

The UK Social Mobility Awards is a fundraising initiative for the registered charity, Making The Leap.

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