Standard Life Aberdeen Supports Social Mobility Pledge

Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) today (24th August) hosted former Secretary of State for Education the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP on the Scottish leg of her national social mobility tour. The summer-long tour of schools, colleges and businesses across the UK is championing social mobility and uncovering some of the issues faced by people as they attempt to progress in life.

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Matthew McPherson
National social mobility tour visits Bury firm

Bury North MP James Frith visited heat treatment firm Wallwork Group last week as part of Social Mobility Pledge tour celebrating outstanding local businesses.

The summer-long tour of schools, colleges and businesses across the UK is championing social mobility and uncovering some of the barriers, including ‘imposter syndrome’, which affects 70% of people.*

In a recent study by the Social Mobility Pledge involving 2,000 workers in Britain, almost half (49 per cent) said people without regional accents find it easier to progress in their industry, while one in four believe having a regional accent has held them back at work.

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Matthew McPherson
Justine Greening: It shouldn't matter what you look like, where you're from, or who you love.

It was two years ago, on the day of London Pride, that I decided to tell the world I was in a same sex relationship. And I did. I told the world that the person I loved was another woman and, in that moment, became the first openly gay female MP to serve in the Cabinet.

I chose the day of London Pride because I think being in a same sex relationship is something to celebrate. It’s positive, just like Pride – a time of celebration for the LGBT+ community, not just in London, but right across the UK. LGBT+ equality matters hugely, especially as someone who campaigns on improving social mobility. It’s hard to be at your best when you can’t be yourself.

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Matthew McPherson