The Social Mobility Foundation

Aspiring Professionals Programme

Helping to improve social mobility by aiding young people from low income backgrounds to enter higher education and employment. Providing programmes of mentoring, work experience, university application support and skills workshops through their sixth-form and university years

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115888)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£61,010

Donations

162

    Category

    Helping

Location

Situation

Too often who you know or who your parents are is more important than what you know or how good you are. A low ability child from a wealthy family is 35% more likely to become a high earner than a high ability child from a poor family. Just 7% of children attend private school, yet anywhere up to 70%+ of people in certain professions are privately educated.

Solution

By levelling the playing field for young people from less advantaged backgrounds: working with them for 5-6 years and giving them work experience they can't get through personal connections; a mentor so they know someone who works where they want to; taking them on trips to universities and helping them to apply; running a range of career and skills workshops to give them knowledge about their chosen field and the skills to get there.