Future First responds to The Social Mobility Pledge

Responding to the announcement today 28 03 2018 by Justine Greening M.P. on The Social Mobility Pledge, Matt Lent, Chief Executive of Future First, said,

“Future First agrees with Justine Greening that businesses have a significant role to play in creating more opportunities for young people. When students see the world of work for themselves it broadens career horizons and raises aspiration, but this alone is not enough. We need to ensure that there are the support structures and employment opportunities in place to match those raised aspirations.”

“We therefore welcome The Social Mobility Pledge which we hope will encourage companies to commit to providing structured work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as to partner with schools to provide quality careers advice and enrichment opportunities.”

For further information please contact:

Sue Crabtree Press Officer, Future First 0207 239 8933 sue.crabtree@futurefirst.org.uk


About Future First

Future First is a leading national education charity with the vision that every state school and college should be supported by a thriving, engaged community of former students who help schools do more for current students.

Future First has worked in more than a thousand state schools and colleges across Britain enabling state schools to harness the talents of alumni to inspire and support current students as career and education role models, work experience providers, mentors and e-mentors, governors, donors and fundraisers and as volunteers more widely.

More than 200,000 former students are registered with Future First to stay connected with their former state school or college. They include leading employers, celebrities and everyday heroes in a range of careers from the professions of law and medicine to plumbing and photography.

Every day, Future First alumni are acting as relatable role models to students in their old seats, with stories that are inspirational but also achievable.

Alumni networks have been utilised by many private schools and universities for generations. Future First is the first organisation to embed alumni networks across the state sector.

Future First/YouGov research shows:

  • 70 per cent of 16 to 19-year-olds think it will be hard to get a job when they leave school or college.
  • Nearly 39 per cent don’t know anyone in a job they would like to do.
  • Ex-state school students are ten times more likely to view themselves as unsuccessful compared with their privately educated peers.
  • 75 per cent of state school students who attend a Future First event say they are motivated to work harder in school now.
  • More than 10 million British adults are willing to support current students at their former state school or college.