Social Mobility Foundation
The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people.
The SMF was founded in 2005 by Linkson Jack (who served as Chief Executive until January 2009) in order to provide opportunities, and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families. In the years that have followed, their students have experienced great success graduating from university into the professional world with many returning to support younger years.
SMF now work with young people from all across the UK in the years prior to and during university, and their Aspiring Professionals Programme offers tailored support across 11 career sectors: Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Digital, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, and Politics.
Engenda Group do alot of outreach work with local schools and colleges, supporting apprenticeships, graduates and school leavers from various social mobility cold spots across the country.
We first took part in the Social Mobility Employer Index in 2021.
The Index is an annual benchmarking tool for organisations looking to understand how they are performing on social mobility and where they can improve.
The Social Mobility Foundation assesses the steps being taken to ensure that the employer is open to talent from all social backgrounds and every entrant receives bespoke feedback to improve their social mobility work. The Index is now the leading authority on employer-led social mobility.
We have really appreciated some of the detailed feedback provided by the report and look to implement them into our recruitment, onboarding and people programs moving forward.