What is One +1?
One +1 is a new campaign being launched by the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) that calls on professionals within certain sectors (Engineering, Science, Finance and Medicine), to offer a work experience placement to a sixth form student who lacks connections within the professions. It’s called One +1 because the SMF are looking for professionals to match the placements that they may offer to their own children, friends’ children or clients’ children with a placement for an SMF student, the +1.
Who are SMF students?
Students are accepted on to the SMF’s programmes based on social and academic criteria. All students will have achieved at least 5 A grades at GCSE/ 5 A/B grades at National 5 band be predicted at least ABB at A-Level/ABBB at Highers. They will also have been eligible for Free School Meals, or be in the first generation in their family to attend university, having attended a school with a high percentage of pupils on Free School Meals.
Why are you asking for support in these sectors?
There are well-established work experience programmes that have been developed over a number of years in some professional sectors. PRIME placements in the legal sector and Access Accountancy are good examples of best practise in delivering work experience to students of this age. However, where there has been a demand to address the skills-gap in STEM based subjects, and within the finance industry, the number of students interested in these fields has increased. What is lacking, is the opportunity for work experience to meet this interest, particularly if students do not have access to anybody working in the profession.
How can I get involved?
It’s really easy to sign up and support this campaign. Simply complete this short form with your name, the name of your organisation and the professional sector you work in. We’ll then give you a call or drop you an email, whichever you prefer, to let you know what needs to be done next.
My employer won’t allow work experience placements, what should I do?
We appreciate that placements may require the permission of your employer. If placements have been organised for other young people within the organisation, we’d hope the process could be the same for an SMF student. Please do contact us if you have any questions about this.