The government has made an important step in offering disadvantaged people a chance to lift themselves out of poverty with the Social Mobility Pledge for business and employers.
Former education secretary Justine Greening MP unveiled the commitment, produced in conjunction with the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility, to help level the playing field for those on the bottom rung of the jobs ladder during a parliamentary debate on Social Mobility and the Economy today.
The pledge has already secured support from across the business world with major employers BT, Aviva, Adidas, ITV, Clifford Chance, KPMG and others signing up on launch.
It’s why I’m pleased to support the Social Mobility Pledge, which will hold up those businesses – large and small, in every corner of the country – creating social opportunities in their communities and empowering people to make the most of their talents
The Social Mobility Pledge asks businesses to commit to three steps: partnering with schools before secondly giving access to apprenticeships or work experience opportunities to disadvantaged young people. The final step involves opening recruitment practices that promote a level playing field for candidates, such as name-blind or contextual recruitment.
Speaking in the debate, Ms Greening, who quit Theresa May’s cabinet in January after being offered the position of work and pensions secretary, said: “For our country, Brexit has to be a catalyst, a moment for change, when we can smash that class ceiling on opportunity once and for all, for a new generation of young people growing up in our country.
Businesses can play a great role in creating more opportunities for more young people in our country and that is what @thesmpledge is all about!https://t.co/VZHSr0viXc#socialmobilitypledge#LevelledupBritain
— Justine Greening (@JustineGreening) March 28, 2018