21 Apr 2020| London

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21st April 2020 | Central London 

Awareness is building around the business case for addressing social mobility in the workplace. Ability and aptitude, rather than social background, ought to determine the value of a person’s work. Failure to recognise this undermines your competitive advantage by cutting off a huge pool of talent. 

Simple changes, such as adapting recruitment processes, using data effectively, and addressing unconscious bias can make a crucial difference in allowing employees, and therefore your business, to prosper. 

At ‘Advancing Social Mobility in the Workplace’, you will be provided with the knowledge and tools necessary to facilitate staff from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and ultimately come away with the actionable insight required to make social mobility in your workplace a reality.

View the full agenda here

 

Key speakers:
  • Bernadette Kelly, Civil Service Social Mobility Champion; Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

  • Steven Cooper, Social Mobility Commissioner; CEO, C. Hoare & Co

  • David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC UK

  • Jenn Barnett, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing, Grant Thornton UK

  • Emily Hodgson, Employer Relations Manager, The Social Mobility Foundation

  • Andrew Hart, Head of Talent Acquisition, Santander UK

  • Addison Barnett, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Inclusive Employers

  • Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • John Craven, CEO, upReach

  • Claire England, Director of Diversity and Inclusion UK, JLL

Why attend? 
  • Learn how to foster social mobility in your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas about supporting staff from lower socio-economic backgrounds back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear about best practice in creating a socially diverse workplace from leading figures
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with expert speakers and fellow colleagues
Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.

Registration

Public Sector rate: 1 Place £295 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £250 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £595 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £245 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here

 

Agenda

 

Please find the full agenda below:

09:00
Registration
09.40
Welcoming Session

Grace McLoughlin, Diversity & Inclusion Event Manager, Dods PLC

09:45
Chair's introduction

SPEAKER: Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

10:00
Championing social mobility and advancing your business
  • Why does social mobility matter?
  • How recent research findings can benefit your business and workforce

SPEAKER: David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC UK

SPEAKER: Emily Hodgson, Employer Relations Manager, The Social Mobility Foundation

10:40
Inclusive hiring: addressing barriers to entry and accommodating social diversity
  • Countering bias and identifying potential: amending criteria to emphasise skills and increase transparency
  • Playing to strengths: examining the strengths-based model
  • Providing Access: attracting talent through targeted schemes and partnerships

SPEAKER: Jenn Barnett, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing, Grant Thornton UK

SPEAKER: John Craven, CEO, upReach

11:25
Networking Break
11:45
Adapting business strategy and practice to advance social mobility
  • Data: key to assessing your business, driving change and charting progress
  • Senior management: securing buy-in and increasing accountability  

SPEAKER: Claire England, Director of Diversity and Inclusion UK, JLL

12:30
Keynote Address:
Developing a socially-mobile workplace: incorporating social mobility into your business strategy and vision

SPEAKER: Bernadette Kelly, Civil Service Social Mobility Champion; Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

13:15
Lunch
14:15
Advancing progress: ensuring opportunity for employees of all social backgrounds
  • Ensuring meaningful career development for staff of lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • Providing clear pathways to progression for staff early in careers
  • Facilitating mentoring, sponsorship and networking for staff of all backgrounds

SPEAKER: Addison Barnett, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant, Inclusive Employers

SPEAKER: Andrew Hart, Head of Talent Acquisition, Santander UK

15:30
Keynote Address:
Making headway: forging the path to a socially mobile and inclusive workplace

SPEAKER: Steven Cooper, Social Mobility Commissioner; CEO, C. Hoare & Co

16:15
Chair's Closing Remarks

SPEAKER: Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

16:30
Event Close