Department for Opportunities launched

Today, SMF is launching its new campaigning arm, the Department for Opportunities. The aim of the new Department for Opportunities (DO) is to mobilise a coalition of the willing – including employers, communities, charities, councils, schools, colleges and universities – to take action within their spheres of influence to improve social mobility. DO’s focus will […]

SMF appoints new CEO

The trustees of the Social Mobility Foundation are pleased to announce that they have appointed Sarah Atkinson to be David Johnston’s successor as CEO of the SMF. It follows David’s announcement in June that he would stand down at the end of 2019 after 10 years as CEO. Sarah will join from the Charity Commission, […]

Top 75 UK employers for social mobility revealed

*23 employers enter the top list for the first time – including MI6* *85% feel their clients care about the social class mix of their workforce* *Majority of employers of 1.1 million people now ask new staff questions about their social class* The Top 75 UK employers in 2019 who have taken the most action […]

Alan Milburn becomes Chair of the SMF as Employer Index launches

Rt Hon Alan Milburn becomes Chair of the Social Mobility Foundation & urges employers to enter the Social Mobility Employer Index We are delighted to announce that Alan Milburn has become Chair of the Social Mobility Foundation. Our announcement is made on the day that the SMF has opened the 2019 Social Mobility Employer Index […]

A look back at a busy Easter period for SMF students!

This Easter the SMF, with generous support from a number of employers and universities, held 27 events across seven cities. Overall, 751 students took part, with many making the most of SMF opportunities, and attending more than one event! We hosted university visits spanning the length of the country, from Bristol to St Andrews and […]

Kick-starting the SMF mentoring programme in 2018

Next month will see the launch of the 2018 mentoring programme, when all of our new SMF sixth-form students will be introduced to their e-mentor. SMF e-mentors support students by giving them the opportunity to have a 1:1 relationship with someone who is working in the job or sector they too hope to enter. Mentors […]

The SMF in Liverpool

The SMF is delighted to announce the opening of our newest office in Liverpool. Having supported students from Merseyside initially from our London office, and over the last four years from our base in Manchester, the SMF now has a dedicated team in Liverpool to increase the depth and breadth of support we can provide […]

Mentoring with the SMF – can you help spread the word?

One of the four pillars of the Aspiring Professionals Programme is the sustained support young people receive from a mentor. Each student is matched to a professional who works in the sector or job that their mentee aspires to enter. The conversations between young people and their mentors are often the first opportunity they will […]

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