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July 14, 2021 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2021: Progression

What steps can you – as an employer – take to remove barriers to progression within your organisation for people from low socio-economic backgrounds (SEB)? Following the publication of our report on progression in the civil service, Navigating the Labyrinth, our latest Employer Masterclass explored how to make sure that your processes aren’t actively getting […]

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July 14, 2021 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2021: Leadership & Culture

In our latest masterclass on Leadership & Culture, we were joined by Caroline King, Head of People for Head office, Reward and Inclusion and Joanne Mackie, Customer & People Director. They reflect on their experiences of forging a compelling, shared vision of the importance of social mobility across Superdrug and Savers 18000+ workforce – and […]

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April 8, 2021 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2020: Outreach

Having a strong outreach programme is an ideal way of connecting with individuals who may not traditionally apply for roles within your organisation, yet may be able to make a significant contribution in future. It brings awareness of the opportunities in your organisation and sector, enabling you to tap into a wide talent pool. For […]

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March 3, 2021 | SMC Admin

Masterclass 2021: Outreach

On 25 February we held the second employers’ masterclass series of the year, exploring outreach and how you can reach, attract and foster a diverse pool of talent. Outreach is about attracting candidates who may not traditionally apply for roles within your organisation, yet could make a significant contribution in future. They may not have […]

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February 15, 2021 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2021: Apprenticeships

This workshop is an opportunity for employers to learn how apprenticeships can drive their diversity & inclusion strategy. To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we held a special event on exploring how apprenticeships can drive social mobility. In this session we looked at the positive impact they can have on your workforce, but also delved […]

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December 15, 2020 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2020: Data

Data – the foundation of any diversity & inclusion strategy, with the Bridge Group In the last of our masterclass series on 3 December, we explored Data with the Bridge Group. This session followed the launch of our new guidance, which makes measuring socio-economic diversity in the workplace easier than ever – and we also […]

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December 10, 2020 | Alice Viner

Social Mobility Toolkit: Financial & Professional Services Sector

We’re proud to announce the launch of our very first sector-specific toolkit – financial & professional services. Following months of consultation with trade groups, academics and leading employers in law, accountancy, management consultancies and financial services – this new toolkit provides unique insights into how best to level the playing field, whilst driving competitive advantage.

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November 23, 2020 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2020: Progression

Our fifth session in this socio-economic masterclass series, Progression, is about how you can support employees throughout their careers, by offering equal access to opportunities. There could be a range of barriers for those who want to progress up the ranks of your organisation. People from lower socio-economic backgrounds typically find it harder to access […]

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October 19, 2020 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2020: Advocacy

Our fourth session in this masterclass series, Advocacy, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) is about changing perceptions and striving for change beyond your organisation. Once you have pin-pointed the commercial, as well as the moral, arguments for increasing socio-economic diversity, it then becomes about using the tools, connections and opportunities at your disposal to become a force […]

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October 1, 2020 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2020: Leadership & Culture

Inclusive teams make better business decisions 87% of the time – and twice as fast, delivering 60% better results. Our previous two sessions covered outreach and hiring. In this masterclass, which includes an in-depth case study from leading business and financial adviser firm, Grant Thornton, you will see how in order to develop and empower […]

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August 30, 2020 | Alice Viner

Masterclass 2020: Hiring

Masterclass series for employers – Hiring – exploring how you can attract and recruit a diverse workforce. The second session in this series, Hiring, is all about reaching talent – attracting individuals from less advantaged backgrounds who may not traditionally apply for roles within your organisation, yet may be able to make a significant contribution […]

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June 26, 2020 | Alice Viner

Webinar for Employers: develop talent through apprenticeships

Be Bold: Develop talent through apprenticeships, drive social mobility In this webinar, we consider some of the key benefits for employers – 92% of companies who run an apprenticeship scheme believe it leads to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, while 80% report higher retention rates. We also take a closer look at apprentices themselves. Our […]

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May 20, 2020 | Alice Viner

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on social mobility

The impact of COVID-19 on social mobility, what employers can do – webinar and panel discussion COVID-19 is impacting those from lower socio-economic backgrounds more than most. If organisations stop supporting them, the current gap will continue to widen. On Thursday 23 April and Thursday 7 May, we held a webinar to discuss the impact […]

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Employer newsletter – 15 August 2023

If you want to receive regular updates from us, please complete this form here to join our mailing list. We hope you are having a great summer break.  Don’t have anything on your summer reading list? – Why not take a look at the recaps from our previous employers’ masterclasses, we list some great topics below.   You […]

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