Move out to move on - understanding the link between migration, disadvantage and social mobility

Posted 06.08.2020

Building Better Opportunities supports people furthest from the labour market to overcome barriers to learning and work.  Stakeholder Managers, with a wide spectrum of partners to raise awareness of BBO, integrate into cross cutting strategy and develop pathways for progression into training and work to improve lives.

Unsurprisingly, the latest report from the Social Mobility Commission finds that people from more privileged backgrounds are far more likely to move to prosperous areas with greater opportunities than those from less privileged backgrounds.

The report moots the following policy suggestions:

  • Local authorities and employers should work together to identify and correct any mismatch between local skills and local needs. Across D2N2 ground breaking work is taking place
  • Digital infrastructure and skills, transport connections and good quality affordable housing should be prioritised by local leaders to attract new people
  • Councils should work with community groups to strengthen cultural identity in every local community
  • Universities and colleges should work together to ensure local areas have a coherent and flexible offer for school leavers

The Social Mobility Commission is an independent advisory non-departmental public body established under the Life Chances Act 2010 as modified by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.   It has a duty to assess progress in improving social mobility in the UK and to promote social mobility in England.

READ the Social Mobility Commission’s report: Move out to move on – understanding the link between migration, disadvantage and social mobility

Our Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2) recognises that our future workforce is just as important as our current one.  D2N2 works with secondary schools and further education colleges in the shared pursuit of inspiring young people about their future career options and personal potential.  See the D2N2 LEP’s careers strategy page.

D2N2’s Give an Hour campaign invites employers to make a difference to young people’s lives through spending an hour of their time to help young people learn more about the world of work and raise aspiration.

BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

See what our participants have to say in these case studies …

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