Pledge founder wins prestigious award

The Social Mobility Pledge’s founder, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, has been recognised for her work in tackling the UK’s poor record on social mobility. 

The former Secretary of State for Educationhas won the Outstanding Contribution title at this year’s UK Social Mobility Awards.

She received the award at a ceremony at London’s Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square earlier this week.

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A message from Justine Greening MP

It is 18 months since I launched the Social Mobility Pledge in Westminster. So much has changed in that time but the progress we have made, with your support, stands out above all else.

Through the Pledge, together we have built a coalition of over 350 forward-thinking organisations employing almost three million people in the UK, all going above and beyond to make a positive difference in their communities. We all recognise that social mobility and equality of opportunity is good for business and good for Britain. 

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Guest Blog: Ben Bradley MP

We live in a divided country.

But not the type of division that you’re thinking about - the one that seems to be continuously splashed across the headlines, hogging political discourse and dragging on all too long. In fact, I won’t even mention the B-word!

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True Potential: Q&A with Lucy

Financial technology firm True Potential was one of the first businesses to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, founded by Justine Greening MP and David Harrison of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility. 

Lucy Ingram began her career as a receptionist at True Potential and recently moved into the firm’s academy to train as an IT developer. 

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Carly's Social Mobility Blog

At Standard Life Aberdeen we are committed to offering our people opportunities to develop themselves on a personal and professional level. Over the past 12 years, we’ve supported the skills development of over 1000 apprentices through a myriad of different programmes such as IT, Business Administration, Customer Service, Management and Leadership and Software Development.

Carly Taylor joined us in October 2018 on our Edinburgh Guarantee Scheme and now works as a Communications Assistant. Carly wanted to share her story with the aim of showing the value our initiatives have added to her career, dispel some myths about them and provide some advice or those who may be interested in applying in the future.

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Simon Clarke MP: The Social Mobility Pledge is crucial to boosting the UK skills economy

We are on the cusp of immense change, and as in any time of change, a window of opportunity arises. The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, when it happens, will be this window of opportunity. 

I’d like to see Brexit used as a fresh start for our country with a strong focus on rejuvenating our skills economy, helping people get on in life, and ensuring opportunity and real social mobility for young people across the country. 

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Eddie Hughes MP: Let's turn on the Skills Tap across the Midlands to boost social mobility

In the Midlands we have a proud history as pioneers across a range of industries. It was here in the 1800s that our region became the birthplace of the industrial revolution.

I was born in the Midlands and I’m honoured to now serve as the Member of Parliament for Walsall North in a part of the Midlands known as the Black Country - once one of the most industrialised parts of Britain.

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Closing the UK’s progression gap

Social Mobility Pledge founder, Justine Greening MP, visited Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in April to launch a report setting out recommendations on how to improve access to and participation in higher education.

NTU was the first university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge and is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving.

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