1 May

Social Mobility- Finding untapped talent

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Chaired by Paul Jardine, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer at XL Catlin

In Britain those who are born into disadvantage find it increasingly harder to progress. The Social Mobility Commission’s 2017 state of the nation report showed that only one in six of workers who were low paid in 2006 had managed to find a permanent route out of low pay a decade later. Countries with high social mobility have enjoyed a much higher economic growth rate over the past century than low-mobility economies. So what role does UK business have to play?

This breakfast will share success stories from organisations who have found ways to ensure recruits are attracted to roles, designed their recruitment pipeline to ensure talented individuals succeed, and highlighted role models to ensure everyone feels part of the family once they arrive - no matter what their background.

Organisations want to recruit a more diverse range of people but how do they find and attract this untapped talent? Hear from Karis Stander, Managing Director at Investment 2020 who works to connect young people to opportunities in the investment management sector. Hear research and evidence based recommendations on how to reach and attract those most impacted by social and economic disadvantage and exclusion.

Hear from Kulbir Shergill, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Grant Thornton, about what they did to top the Social Mobility Index 2017 and how their new approach to recruitment has resulted in approximately 20% of the firm’s annual intake being people that would previously have been screened out. What’s more, internal research through their annual performance review process, demonstrates that those who would have been previously screened out due to academic requirements are performing better than those who would have passed the previous screening.

Organisations are recruiting from a narrow pool of talent. Hear a personal story from an employee who has overcome barriers and come into the City from a non-conventional background and are now thriving.

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