Severn Trent case study: Jazz

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.

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Lewis Grice
Two million workers covered by Social Mobility Pledge

Employers representing over two million workers have signed up to the Social Mobility Pledge, helping to tackle Britain’s widespread and endemic lack of social mobility.

Exactly a year on from its launch, many of the UK’s biggest employers spanning a range of sectors are now backing the Pledge.  

All Social Mobility Pledge-accredited employers have committed to working with local schools and colleges and offering work experience and apprenticeships.

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Lewis Bruford
All Aboard. Social Mobility Pledge on track for big numbers!

It’s full steam ahead for the Social Mobility Pledge after more of Britain’s best-known businesses got on board in February, signalling their intent to transform social mobility.

Virgin Trains has become the first train operating company to be named an accredited Social

Mobility Employer after signing the Pledge. Currently Virgin Trains run a number of initiatives including a programme aiming to get ex-offenders back in to work, partnering with schools where pupils have an introduction into the railway industry as well as providing work experience placement and apprenticeships.

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Lewis Grice
Class diversity at work worse now than decades ago 

Disadvantaged young people have a tougher time progressing in the workplace today than they did two generations ago.

Our research also shows that Britain is losing ground on other nations in terms of class-diversity at work; and that young people from poorer backgrounds often face insurmountable barriers in securing new jobs and promotions. 

Our study will 2,000 people shows that the majority of UK workers believe progressing through the ‘class-ceiling’ is harder for young people now than it was decades ago.  

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The Social Mobility Pledge
2019 gets off to a speedy start

At the Social Mobility Pledge, we’re gearing up for an exciting 2019.

The year has already got off to a speedy start with world-class luxury car maker Aston Martin joining the Pledge and committing to help make Britain a fairer country and spreading opportunity more widely. 

Hot on their heels were engineering giant Rolls-Royce and Greene King, a leading pub retailer and brewer, which employs 39,000 people across the UK. 

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The Social Mobility Pledge
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