Sasha’s experience of the Aspiring Professionals Programme

Applying for the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The events that I’ve attended this year have developed my confidence and given me the opportunity to meet so many other young people like myself. Before joining the programme I was extremely shy and I was reluctant […]

A look at what SMF students have achieved this year!

The increasingly shorter days have brought a close to another jam-packed summer and October half term for the SMF. More than 700 of our students participated in work experience across the UK, either in their home cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle, or through residentials, which brought students from all across […]

Welcoming 2017’s volunteer mentors

With the start of the 2017 mentoring cycle fast-approaching, we have been busy meeting new mentors at our launch events in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. The launch events are designed to welcome new mentors onto the programme, and equip them with the knowledge they need before embarking on their mentoring relationship. Mentors […]

One +1 work experience campaign

Last year saw the launch of One +1, our work experience campaign to encourage those offering work experience to young people they know to ‘match’ their offer with another for a young person supported by the SMF. The campaign targeted four key professional sectors: Engineering, Finance, Science and Medicine. After a successful campaign, which saw […]

SMF Alumni Spotlight: Bukola and BDO LLP

Each year, Social Mobility Foundation students progress from university to careers with a wide range of top employers across the country. Our alumni network is an integral part of what we do, helping professionals to connect to others in their sector from similar backgrounds, enhance their skills and raise awareness of the SMF in their […]

Student stories

Students on the SMF programme gain a wide range of exciting experiences, either in their home city or through one of the residentials. We asked three of our students to share some of their experiences with you: Felicity, Politics Being a member of the Social Mobility Foundation has opened up many doors for me, and […]

Social Mobility Employer Index

The Social Mobility Employer Index (The Index), which launched this month, is a joint initiative between the Social Mobility Foundation and the Social Mobility Commission. It will collect data from participating organisations about their social mobility work across a range of different areas, and a list of the highest scoring firms will then be published […]

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how quickly I’ve taken to mentoring and how easy it’s been to incorporate into my life.”

A core pillar of the SMF’s Aspiring Professionals Programme is e-mentoring, where students are matched with a professional who works in the career or sector the student would like to enter. We asked one of our mentoring pairs, Catherine and Safah, about their first impressions of each other, and the programme. Here’s what they had […]

SMF: 2 years, 4 new offices & still growing!

At the beginnng of the year, the Social Mobility Commission’s Index ranked all areas in England from 1 to 324 on how good they are for social mobility; the top 20% of areas were ranked as social mobility ‘hot spots’ and the bottom 20% as ‘cold spots’. While 30 of London’s 32 boroughs are hot spots, three […]

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