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ELLE and Social Mobility Commission launch initiative to find the next generation of creative talent

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July 21, 2020 | Alexandra Sufit


ELLE UK today launched a joint initiative with the Social Mobility Commission to find the next generation of creative talent in the UK.

“Everyone deserves a door to be opened for them” said our Commissioner and Editor-in-Chief of Elle UK, Farrah Storr, talking about the initiative which has given students aged 16 to 19 unparalleled access to the creation of the landmark September issue, featuring cover star Adwoa Aboah.

Together with the Social Mobility Commission, ELLE UK approached schools to find 12 students to help put together the issue. It was a hard task, with Covid-19 depriving thousands of GCSE and A-level students from the finale they deserve. So they looked to the UK’s overshadowed corners to find hidden talent; corners where opportunities are statistically at their lowest. Each student worked alongside an ELLE mentor to get an understanding of the process. They contributed ideas on everything from the creative direction of shoots to the drafting of headlines.

“Over the coming months, you will see further opportunities across ELLE UK, as well as a firm commitment from our publishing company about how we better support, promote and open the door to marginalised groups and voices across the country.” Farrah added.

Find out more about the 12 students and read the full ELLE article here

 

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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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