Social Mobility Business Partnership
The Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP) is an award winning charity which unites circa 600 volunteers from over 130 organisations across the UK to address issues related to low income and employment prospects. It does this through the coordination of multiple businesses who join together to provide work experience opportunities and follow up online career coaching (from conclusion of the programme to retirement) for young people from low-income backgrounds.
SMBP recruits groups of up to 30 Year 12 students from different schools to form a cluster. The students spend a day at each of four different businesses and a day at a professional sports club (a “SMBP Week”). SMBP Weeks are designed using the SMBP Competency Framework as a guide and partners are encouraged to make their days as interactive as possible; students are not merely brought in to watch other people working, rather they are set realistic tasks and challenges and also participate in workshops to develop their employability skills and build an evidence base for their competencies. These include written and oral communication, team working, problem solving, influencing, resilience, negotiation and networking skills.
In 2020 The Social Mobility Business Partnership will run SMBP Work Insight and Skills weeks in 15 towns and cities across the UK; Belfast, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Dorset, Glasgow, London, Leeds, Manchester & Oldham, Norwich, Reading and South Yorkshire.
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In our recent Social Mobility Data Masterclass, we explored the importance of collecting data on employee’s socio-economic backgrounds for creating effective diversity and inclusion strategies. You can watch the recording of the Social Mobility Data Masterclass here. We were joined by Andrew Young, Workforce Diversity Lead at the BBC; Cliff Sale, Social Mobility Programme Lead, […]
21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper:
Join us on 21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper: ‘Navigating the labyrinth’ – a comprehensive study on how socio-economic background shapes career #progression within the Civil Service, with key learnings for employers. Sign up to attend here ➡ https://lnkd.in/dUJ46Yr
Led by our Commissioner, Sam Freidman, the report sparks discussion about the unwritten rules to progression. It’s an example of the UK Civil Service taking the lead on #SocialMobility; acknowledging what more needs to be done and showing others how they can follow suit.
At the #LaunchEvent we’ll discuss the findings of the report and what it means for social mobility.
The event will be chaired by Sandra M Wallace, interim Co-Chair, Social Mobility Commission. Joining her on the #panel is:
• Professor Sam Freidman, Social Mobility Commission
• Nik Miller, Bridge Group
• Louise Ashley, Royal Holloway, University of London
• Dr Dave O’Brien, The University of Edinburgh
• Bernadette Kelly, Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom and Social Mobility Champion in the Civil Service
• Alex Thomas, Institute for Government
See you there!
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