Ian Murray MP: My social mobility story and why it matters to me
Guest Blog: Ben Bradley MP
Social mobility, to me, isn’t just an empty phrase, it’s something that has defined my life.
I grew up in Wester Hailes, just south-west of Edinburgh. It's an area that has proud roots in industry, and of course in football - die hard supporters of our beloved Hearts.
True Potential: Q&A with Lucy
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!
Carly's Social Mobility Blog
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.
Simon Clarke MP: The Social Mobility Pledge is crucial to boosting the UK skills economy
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.
Standard Life Aberdeen: Carly's social mobility story
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.
Eddie Hughes MP: Let's turn on the Skills Tap across the Midlands to boost social mobility
Carly joined Standard Life Aberdeen a few months after leaving school, by successfully gaining a placement on the Edinburgh Guarantee Scheme.
‘To be given a chance in a huge, established business after years of being in school feeling I had no purpose was almost unbelievable.’
Closing the UK’s progression gap
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.
Sewell Group takes social mobility into the Boardroom
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.
Severn Trent case study: Jazz
One of Yorkshire’s longest established businesses has signed up to the Social Mobility Pledge and is playing a crucial role in boosting social mobility, pledging to offer as many opportunities as possible to people from all backgrounds.
Sewell Group has become a Social Mobility Pledge Accredited Employer, supporting the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP’s pioneering fight to ensure Britain is a country in which people can progress in life, regardless of their personal circumstances or background.
Jazz is an apprentice on Severn Trent’s Digital team
‘I applied for an apprenticeship because I wanted to expand my knowledge. I prefer tactile learning which is exactly what an apprenticeship allows you to do. One of the best things about an apprenticeship is you can earn and learn simultaneously.