Our Executive Chair responds to the publication of the Social Mobility Employer Index

Responding to the Social Mobility Employer Index published by The Times on 21 06 2017 which highlights how firms are tackling social mobility and diversifying their intake, Christine Gilbert, our Executive Chair and former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said:

“Future First welcomes the Social Mobility Employer Index and the work firms are doing to address equality and diversity in the workplace.

Schools also have much to contribute to this agenda and we see some excellent work in the schools working with Future First.

No young person should feel they cannot access a job of their choice because of their background or lack of contacts. We see many schools linking state school students with former students in a range of jobs. This is really valuable in broadening students’ horizons and proving to them that ‘people like me’ can succeed.

Alumni  play a vital role in improving students’ confidence  and motivation,  increasing their awareness of the post-16 opportunities open to them and in building their employability skills.”