What Is Social Mobility?
Social mobility is defined as the movement of individuals, families or households between social strata in society. Describing the connection between a person’s income and occupation and the income and occupation of their parents, social mobility can cause people of low-income backgrounds to have fewer opportunities than those from privileged backgrounds. If there is a strong link between a person’s income and occupation and their parents, this causes a low level of social mobility, and if there is a weak link, this causes a higher level of social mobility.
What Can Be Done To Improve Social Mobility In The Workplace?
- Build talent pipelines through alternative routes – introduce paid internships as a great way for people from diverse backgrounds to get their foot in the door. Or employ apprentices, giving people an opportunity to earn whilst they learn, and remove the necessity of studying at university.
- Nurture and retain talent from all backgrounds – track and monitor socio-economic backgrounds, making sure you are encouraging progression on an equal basis in a diverse workforce
- Create an inclusive workplace culture – ensure all employees feel included and equal by creating a workplace culture that fosters diversity and inclusion.
- Look beyond the workplace – work directly with schools and universities, to encourage a diverse pool of talent outside the ‘elite’ group of educational establishments.
What Charities Support Social Mobility?
The Social Mobility Foundation is a charity that supports the practical improvement in social mobility for young people.
UpReach is another charity which supports disadvantaged students from across the UK, helping them to realise their potential and investing in programmes of support for such individuals.