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Employer newsletter - 12 October 2022


This week’s newsletter is packed full of masterclasses! The recap and recording of our recent conversation with I. Stephanie Boyce is now available for those who missed it, and registration is now open for our November masterclass ‘In conversation with Ann Francke OBE: The building blocks of social mobility in the workplace’. There’s also still time to sign up for our mentoring-focused masterclass on 27th October, if you’re not already registered. We really hope to see you at one of these upcoming events! 

Our Employer Consultation is open until 24th October for you to let us know what interventions have worked, or not worked, in improving social mobility in your organisation. If you missed our launch event, or want more information about how to complete the consultation, the full recording is now available on our website. 

Thanks for reading,

The SMC Employers Team

Get involved:

Less than 2 weeks left to take part in our Employer Consultation!

There are less than two weeks left to respond to our new employer consultation, which will run until 24th October 2022.

We want to understand what activities and interventions employers are finding most effective in improving social mobility within their organisations and communities – we’ll use the information provided to publish a “What Works” Report later this year, working closely with a newly established Employers Advisory Group comprising 10-12 members across different sectors who have responded to the consultation. 

The information provided will be confidential, with no league table or index published. The intention is to drive an honest conversation about what works and what challenges remain, so that we can support all employers in different sectors to take effective action to improve social mobility.

You can find more information, as well as contribute to the consultation, here.

Upcoming events:

Mentoring as a tool to support social mobility

Thursday 27th October, 12pm

Join us as we celebrate National Mentoring Day (27th October) with our October employers’ masterclass, exploring the importance of mentoring in supporting workplace progression and social mobility.  

We’ll be discussing how mentoring programmes, whatever the scale, create a mutually beneficial relationship between a mentor and a mentee, and can bring as much value to your organisation as they can to an individual. 

We’ll be joined by Mercy Abel, host of gen z careers podcast ‘audacity of we’ and a mentee from the Creative Mentor Network programme, as well as Rachel Dolby, a mentor from Moving Ahead’s Mission INCLUDE programme, who will share their perspectives on the benefits of mentoring schemes. We’ll also be speaking to Eddie Fletcher, Head of Social Mobility for the Ministry of Justice People Group, about what to consider when setting up a mentoring programme and how to measure success.

Register now to attend our ‘Mentoring’ masterclass.

In conversation with Ann Francke OBE: The building blocks of social mobility in the workplace

Wednesday 9th November, 1pm

Join us for our employer masterclass on 9th November! We’ll be joined by Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to discuss the building blocks of social mobility. 

Register now to find out more about how your organisation can develop a social mobility strategy, what the initial steps you can take are, and how leaders in your organisation can ensure they’re creating a culture where all employees can thrive, regardless of background. 

Register now to attend ‘The building blocks of social mobility in the workplace’.

In case you missed it:

The importance of culture and leadership – in conversation with I. Stephanie Boyce, President of the Law Society

Thanks to everyone who attended our Culture masterclass on Tuesday 11th October. 

In this masterclass we explored the importance of culture and leadership in building socio-economic inclusion within an organisation, including how organisations can develop a culture that fosters inclusion, and the role that colleagues at all levels play in driving action and change.

We were joined by I. Stephanie Boyce, President of the Law Society, who shared her insights into what works well, as well as where she sees the challenges that employers face in building an inclusive culture.

Read our recap and watch the masterclass recording. 

National T Levels Week – 10th-14th October

This week is the first ever National T Levels week, highlighting T Level success stories and the benefits they can bring to both businesses and young people.​

Follow along on LinkedIn with the hashtag #TLevelsWeek to find out more about successful industry placements and how #TLevels can work for employers like you.​