The MP has become a Social Mobility Pledge accredited employer which demonstrates her commitment to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds. The accreditation also highlights Rachel’s work towards improving social mobility here in Redditch.
Justine Greening MP, the former Conservative Education Secretary, launched the Social Mobility Pledge earlier this year and already top employers including Adidas, ITV, Vodafone and Aviva, to name just a few, have signed the pledge.
The main aim of the pledge is to encourage business to play their crucial role in boosting social mobility in the UK and highlight which businesses and employers are going the extra mile.
Figures show that just one in eight children from low income backgrounds is likely to become a high earner as an adult, and just five elite schools sent more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge universities than nearly 2,000 schools, which make up two thirds of the entire state school system.
The Social Mobility Pledge will commit businesses and employers to work with schools and colleges to provide coaching and mentoring for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to help improve their life chances.
Rachel said: “Ensuring everyone, no matter their background, has the opportunity to get on in life is a cause very close to my heart. These aren’t just empty words, I am taking real action to improve the life chances of children from disadvantaged backgrounds here in Redditch. The mentors scheme I have launched will see Redditch businesses link up with schools and colleges in our town to mentor young people, provide them with support and encourage them to reach their full potential.
“This is what the Social Mobility Pledge is all about and I’m proud of my record in employing staff from a range of backgrounds. One member of my team, who is based in my Redditch office, is the proud son of a cabinet maker and even prouder grandchild of a fireman. He went to state school his entire life and was the first member of his family to go to university in two generations. Social mobility is possible, but I want to see even more young people achieve their dreams based on merit and talent alone.
“I’m a proud product of the state school system myself and so I’m passionate about ensuring more children from state school backgrounds take the top jobs in the UK.
“I’ve already written to hundreds of businesses here in Redditch to encourage them to join me and sign the Social Mobility Pledge. Together we can make sure everyone here in Redditch, no matter their background, can achieve their full potential.”