The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF)

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF)

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a well-established charity supporting young people across 7 UK offices.

The SMF works with high-achieving young people from low-income backgrounds from the age of 16 right through to graduation and into employment. Their Aspiring Professionals Programme offers mentoring, work placements, skills sessions and university & job application support to their students across 11 professional sectors. Employers work closely with SMF to provide opportunities to these young people and to support applications to their pipeline programmes. The SMF also runs the Social Mobility Employer Index, the first of its kind in the world, which ranks employers on the efforts they are making to improve social mobility in the UK.

http://www.socialmobility.org.uk

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

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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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