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Guest blog: Making the leap to improved social mobility

The UK has some of the lowest social mobility in the developed world, and there is a lack of opportunities within our society for those from poorer backgrounds. For example, if you have grown up in one of England’s most deprived areas, you’re more likely to attend an inadequate school, and less likely to leave school with 5 GCSEs, or attend a top university. There are also inequalities within the professional world – many professions, including Law, Politics, Journalism and Banking, are disproportionately made up of those who were privately educated. One thing everybody can agree on is that there should be opportunities for all, regardless of your background. There is real momentum building behind the Social Mobility cause, attracting universal support across the political spectrum.

Social Mobility is not only about giving individuals the best possible start in life. It is also highly relevant for ambitious employers. More and more organisations are now devoting serious attention to the planning and execution of a strategy that embraces social mobility. There are a number of ways this is happening. Some companies are promoting social mobility within the community, with programmes seeking to engage and support disadvantaged young adults or pupils from poorer schools. Some have joined initiatives such as the Social Mobility Business Compact, seeking to influence the debate from beyond its walls. Others have developed recruitment schemes targeting those from poorer backgrounds, or progression schemes that seek to give their employees opportunities.

Social Mobility is also being championed by individuals within companies. Is there someone at senior level who acts as an advocate for the issue? A young leader who has done something to promote social mobility within your organisation? Or even a mentor who takes the time to encourage people to progress?

If you’ve begun any of these steps, you’ve begun the journey – and what’s more, you’re ahead of many more companies. Now, Making The Leap has developed a way for organisations with an active interest in this all-important arena to celebrate what they’re doing.

 

Making The Leap is a charity that improves social mobility by raising the aspirations of, and increasing opportunities for, young people aged 11 and 25.  We do this by delivering quality programmes and events that equip them with the skills they need to succeed. We serve young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds: those who are less likely to be exposed to these skills growing up.

We have been developing soft skills for 24 years and have supported over 50,000 young people, such as Suleyman, now working as a Technology Consultant. He says, about our programme, ‘It will change you in so many positive ways and increase your ability to achieve your potential. It’ll make you feel more confident, you’ll have more belief in yourself and a greater positivity about your own future.’

 

The very first UK Social Mobility Awards will take place in October of this year. Entering is easy, and free but submissions will need to be in by the 23rd June. Show the world that you are nurturing the best talent, wherever it comes from - register now at the-uksma.org