UK Social Mobility Awards
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The SMC is an independent statutory body (an organisation created by an Act of Parliament). In line with the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, it is a continuation of the body previously called the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

The commission is comprised of a chair and commissioners who are appointed by a public appointments process. A small secretariat, based in London, supports the SMC.

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The Institute for Apprenticeships ensures apprenticeships and technical education are the best quality to improve provision in England, support the UK economy, and give everyone a brighter future.

We develop apprenticeships and technical education qualifications that combine high-quality education provision with training for key skills. We ensure apprentices can achieve and continue achieving after their training has ended.
We are an independent, employer-led organisation.

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The Supply Chain Sustainability School is an award-winning industry wide collaboration, led by our Partners and Members, whose vision for the School is to be “a world class collaboration to enable a sustainable built environment”. We offer free CPD-accredited training and resources in five different areas: Sustainability, Offsite, BIM, Lean and Management.

As part of the School we deliver the Fairness, Inclusion & Respect (FIR) Programme, an industry-wide initiative making workplaces better for everyone. The FIR Programme provides free resources and training to any person or company that wants to access and use them. We also help employers to meet their legal obligations around equality and anti-discrimination and to empower people to make their workplaces more supportive for all.

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Twitter: @SupplyCSSchool
FIR Twitter @FIR4us

The DWP is the UK’s biggest public service department.
Its priorities are to run an effective welfare system that enables people to achieve financial independence by providing assistance and guidance into employment, and to create a fair and affordable welfare system which improves the life chances of children. The department is a major commissioner of external social science research, providing the evidence base needed to inform departmental strategy, policy-making and delivery. The Department works with 400+ National Employers/Partners.

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LTSB is a national charity that achieves transformational impact through our holistic employment programme. We support young people and employers with recruitment and on-boarding processes, helping employers develop more diverse workforces and inclusive cultures. We provide pastoral support, mentoring and enrichment activities to help young people successfully transition into work and progress in their careers. 93% of employers said they would hire more young people through LTSB – the remaining 7% said they would, but have no positions available!

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The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) is the UK’s professional body for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS). It currently has around 500 individual and 55 organisational members, including some of the UK’s largest companies.

Established in 2014 by a group of senior professionals, our mission is to help individuals and companies be brilliant at CRS. We do this by supporting and recognising people and companies for their achievements in CRS. We offer a wide range of resources – including an extensive programme of webinars and events – to support our members as they address significant social, environmental and ethical challenges.

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Action on Access is a support and change-management organisation; and national provider of coordination and support for furthering widening participation and access to higher education across the UK since 1999.

Action on Access is the essential first stop for those wanting to stay current and involved in all the latest Widening Participation and access initiatives, news, events, resources, information and networking through a highly-valued, well-used electronic event, news and publication platform reaching over 1,400 practitioners.

To find out more, please visit our website:

twitter: @actiononaccess

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. In the UK, across Europe and internationally, we promote policies that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry contributes over 10% of the UK’s total economic output and employs 2.3 million people, with two thirds of these jobs outside London. It is the largest tax payer, the biggest exporting industry and generates a trade surplus almost equivalent to all other net exporting industries combined.

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The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) is the representative body for companies which work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure.

With more than 300 members based in Scotland, Wales, and the six English regions, CECA represents firms who, together, carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water.

Contact: Marie-Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs, CECA
T: 0207 340 0453

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for over 11,000 solicitors in Scotland. One of our many strategic remits is to influence good practice and drive change in the legal profession, including social mobility. We work with all stages of the pipeline, from making the case for fair access to legal employers and educating on good recruitment practices, to outreach projects with schools and colleges to raise aspirations and showcase opportunities in law.

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The Construction & Property Special Interest Group (CAPSIG) of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations provides a communication forum for PR professionals in two of the largest sectors in the UK economy. Over 400 professionals – in-house, consultancy-based, and independent practitioners – manage the reputations of industry businesses active at every level of the industry from clients and trade and professional associations, to design consultancies, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and technology providers.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association for 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in England and Wales. For more than 50 years, we have been offering unparalleled access to a flexible career in law. CILEx believes in progress through knowledge. We work closely with Government and the Ministry of Justice and are recognised in England and Wales as one of the three core approved regulators of the legal profession alongside barristers and solicitors.

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