Social Mobility Business Partnership

Social Mobility Business Partnership

The Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP) is an award winning charity which unites circa 600 volunteers from over 130 organisations accross 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 SMBP 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.

https://www.smbp.org.uk

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The Social Mobility Commission welcomes the White Paper on further education and the importance of vocational skills.

21/01/2021

But we are also calling on #government to commit to extra funding, to ensure #schools and #colleges can plan for the long term. Our commissioner Alastair Da Costa, said:

“We welcome the drive to place #employers at the core of the programme (…) If employers work more closely with local schools and colleges this might also allow more individuals to stay where they grew up rather than moving away to get a better job.

However, extra long-term resources will be key to the success of these schemes. They cannot just be a sticking plaster to address the immediate devastating impact of #COVID on #jobs and #training.”

He also emphasised the need to focus on #students from the most #disadvantaged backgrounds, who receive the least training as adults yet face more barriers.

Read the Commission’s full response here https://lnkd.in/ggsVcvv

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