News from the North

This week we welcomed two new members to the Manchester team: Sam and Nikki. Sam will be working as our Employer Relations Officer, developing relationships with supporters across the North West and West Yorkshire. Nikki will be our new Aspiring Professionals Programme Coordinator, supporting SMF students and working with schools and colleges across the region. […]

SMF’s mentoring programme in full swing!

As we welcomed our 2015 student cohort, we have also welcomed on board our new cohort of mentors. We have tremendous support from our mentors, and it is growing year on year. This year we have welcomed nearly 1100 mentors! It is brilliant to see so many individuals interested in supporting our young people build […]

Time for professions to follow the best examples and judge ability to do the job not ‘holidays you’ve been on, places you’ve visited’

The Social Mobility Foundation today echoes the call by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission to make access to a top job genuinely meritocratic and suggests they follow the examples of the leading firms in their fields. Research published by the Commission today shows that too many firms are judging candidates on factors ‘associated […]

The SMF: The Stepping Stone You Need

Faced with the pressure to make the grades, decide on universities and execute outstanding applications, sixth form can be a time of stress and panic. Often, questions arise about the future and whether certain career paths are viable. ‘What job am I going to have? How do I decide between the thousands of degree courses […]

We’re heading to Glasgow

This year marks ten years of the Social Mobility Foundation, and the start of a journey to help level the playing field for disadvantaged young people across the UK. Until recently, while we have always offered opportunities to students across the UK, the focus of the SMF has been on the great need for solutions […]

3 weeks, 18 events, 1295 miles…

We set a record for the SMF this year during the Easter holidays, running 18 events over just three weeks! SMF staff and students from all over the UK hopped on coaches, trains and buses to visit universities away from home and across the country. From Southampton, to Birmingham, to York and many in between, […]

New volunteering programme for SMF students

“Network to get work”,”It’s who you know, not what you know”…we’ve heard it all before, and when it comes to job hunting these sentiments begin to ring very true. Talking to people, mingling and making connections are a sure way to find out more about, and secure, opportunities. This is usually the way we talk about […]

Welcome to our 2015 cohort!

We have been very busy over the last few weeks here at the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF), kicking off the Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP) with seven launch events across the country. Welcoming our largest cohort to date, we have hosted students in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester to introduce them to all the […]

Laurie’s story

I had always struggled in deciding what I wanted to do, at one point I wanted to be just about everything. Soon I decided that because I loved to write stories with my Nan and I loved books that  I would become a writer…or a librarian or a book shop owner. I decided to focus […]

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