Social Mobility Events

Past events

Take a look at the past webinars, virtual masterclasses, conferences and more, to enrich your understanding of Social Mobility in the workplace and wider society.

Previous events

Webinar

21 October 2021

Employers’ masterclass: Social Mobility and outreach

21 October 2021  - 13:00
1 hour webinar

Our October masterclass will cover how employers can use Outreach to reach and attract a wide pool of talent. Engaging with candidates from a low socio-economic background through outreach enables you to: raise awareness of your organisation and industry to a wider reach of prospective employees. build a pipeline of diverse talent that reflect the […]

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Webinar

14 October 2021

Apprenticeships and social mobility: a practice-oriented virtual lunch conversation between practitioners

14 October 2021  - 1-2pm

Apprenticeships are one of the most powerful tools to enable social mobility and develop a talented workforce that can meet the challenges of the future.  But apprenticeships in England are not fulfilling this promise – apprentices from working class backgrounds face barriers at every stage, while organisations are missing out on talented people. The pandemic […]

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External event

12 October 2021

Driving social mobility change in the profession: social mobility data – what to ask, how to get good return rates, and how to analyse

12 October 2021  - 2-3pm
Online

Please note: this is an external event run by the Law Society. The Law Society is committed to increasing diversity at all levels within the profession. The diversity profile of the profession is changing. Women make up 52% of those admitted. Ethnic minority solicitors comprise 18% of the profession. LGBT+ and disabled solicitors account for […]

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Webinar

11 October 2021

Be inspired to make the change – Socio-economic inclusion in the Creative Industries

11 October 2021  - 13:00 - 14:00
1 hour webinar

Attracting and retaining a wide and diverse talent pool is a must for any forward-thinking team.  Yet those from privileged backgrounds are more than twice as likely as those from working class backgrounds to land a job in a creative occupation, dominating key creative roles in the sector.   What goes on in the creative sector […]

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Webinar

16 September 2021

Employers Masterclass: Social mobility, hiring and recruitment

16 September 2021  - 11:00
Online

Our latest masterclass puts the focus on hiring and recruitment – exploring the common practices that can create artificial and unnecessary barriers to potential applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Join the session to understand the simple steps that you can take to promote diversity at each stage of the recruitment process. From writing clear job […]

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Webinar

22 July 2021

Launch Event: State of the Nation 2021: Social Mobility and the Pandemic

22 July 2021  - 15:00 - 16:00
Online

The Social Mobility Commission invites you to join us on Thursday 22nd July for the launch event of our report: ‘State of the nation 2021: Social mobility and the pandemic’ – charting the evolving social mobility landscape across the United Kingdom.

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Webinar

1 July 2021

Employers’ masterclass: Social Mobility, Culture and Leadership

1 July 2021

Our latest masterclass puts culture and leadership under the spotlight to explore how employers can forge a compelling, shared vision of the importance of social mobility in any organisation.

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Webinar

26 May 2021

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Progression

26 May 2021

Social mobility isn’t just about who gets in, it’s also about who gets on. Learn about how you can support employees throughout their careers, by offering equal access to opportunities and removing any artificial barriers to progression.

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Webinar

25 March 2021

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Data

25 March 2021

Data is at the heart of every forward-thinking diversity & inclusion (D&I) strategy. In order to take the right action at the right time, you first have to understand where you are at, as a business. It not only guides the hiring process, but enables you to monitor access to opportunities as people progress through the ranks.

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Webinar

25 February 2021

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass 2021 Series: Outreach

25 February 2021

Outreach is about attracting candidates who may not traditionally apply for roles within your organisation, yet may be able to make a significant contribution in future. These could be the ‘bright stars’ of tomorrow, but may not hold traditional academic qualifications or come from a deprived area.

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Webinar

10 February 2021

How to drive social mobility through apprenticeships

10 February 2021

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are hosting a workshop during which you will be able to gain unique insights from the latest data and learn how you can maximise your current initiatives.

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Webinar

10 December 2020

Interactive launch of our new Financial & Professional Services Toolkit

10 December 2020

We will be hosting a presentation and roundtable, in partnership with a number of organisations across the sector, where you will be able gain exclusive insights into this valuable new resource for employers.

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Webinar

3 December 2020

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Data

3 December 2020

In the last of our masterclass series, we will be exploring Data with the Bridge Group. This session follows the launch of our new guidance, which makes measuring socio-economic diversity in the workplace easier than ever – we will also be providing you with insights from that work.

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Webinar

19 November 2020

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Progression

19 November 2020

Social mobility isn’t just about who gets in, it’s also about who gets on. So have a defined list of skills required for each promotion – and build flexibility into job specifications. This helps ensure that the very best person is able to step up and no one is accidentally overlooked.

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Webinar

15 October 2020

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Advocacy

15 October 2020

Our fourth session in this series, Advocacy, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) is about changing perceptions and striving for change beyond your organisation. Advocating for change will not just do good, it will increase your visibility as a business and has the potential to shape your reputation.

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Webinar

15 September 2020

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Leadership & Culture

15 September 2020

Our third session in this series, Leadership & Culture, is all about building the foundations of a truly diverse and talented workforce. Inclusive teams make better business decisions 87% of the time – and twice as fast, delivering 60% better results; so it makes sense for employers to nurture this talent.

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Webinar

25 August 2020

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Hiring

25 August 2020

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 in future.

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Webinar

23 July 2020

Social Mobility Employers Masterclass Series: Outreach

23 July 2020

The first in this series, Outreach, is all about reaching that talent – attracting individuals from less privileged backgrounds who may not traditionally apply for roles within your organisation, yet may be able to make a significant contribution in future. It is aimed at employers in any industry, predominantly decision makers – Head of HR, Head of D&I.

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Conferences

26 June 2020

UK Social Mobility Awards – entries close on 26 June

26 June 2020

There is only one month left to submit entries to the UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs). The SOMOs celebrate the achievements of businesses and organisations across the country in their work of advancing social mobility. You have until 26 June to enter, with the awards gala being held in London on 8 October.

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Webinar

25 June 2020

Making the most out of apprenticeships webinar

25 June 2020

This session is an opportunity for you, as an employer, to learn how to use apprenticeships to improve your socio-economic diversity and inclusion strategy. You will be able to gain unique insights from the latest data and learn how you can maximise your programme. We will look at apprenticeships’ social mobility potential, the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on training, and the practical steps you can take as an employer to help improve your offer.

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Webinar

25 June 2020

Webinar for employers – develop talent through apprenticeships

25 June 2020

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.

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Webinar

23 June 2020

2020 Youth Voice Census Report launches on 23 June

23 June 2020  - 12:30 – 13:30 BST

Youth Employment UK will be hosting an online event on 23 June to mark the launch for their 2020 Youth Voice Census Report. This is an opportunity for you to hear from key members of their team and young people as they discuss the key findings.

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Online conference

20 May 2020

Assessing apprenticeships on their social mobility potential

20 May 2020  - 09:00 – 13:00

Lindsay Turner Trammell, Head of Policy and Innovation at the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) will be one of the keynote speakers during a morning-long conference held by the Westminster Employment Forum on 20 May.

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Webinar

24 March 2020

Join us to drive sustainable change in social mobility

24 March 2020

You are cordially invited to show your commitment to social mobility by attending our upcoming interactive event in your region. This is an unmissable event designed to introduce you to our new employer’s toolkit.

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Latest news and blogs

Recap – Employers masterclass: Outreach

Our October masterclass looked at the ways in which employers can use Outreach to reach and attract a wide pool of talent. We were joined by Rachael Saunders and Funbi Akande from Speakers for Schools, a youth social mobility charity, formed in 2010 to make sure that every young person has access to the same […]

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Latest Linkedin

Open letter to the Prime Minister from Social Mobility Commissioners

21/10/2021

At the end of their term, the outgoing SMC Commissioners have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister outlining their achievements and hopes for the future 👇
https://lnkd.in/dwEedNWw

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