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Education and Employment
A strategic approach to improving social mobility in Sheffield

All of SBT’s themes are aligned to the broader city challenges – with the social mobility of our young people being a key priority and one we are passionate about.
SBT members were doing lots of outreach, much of which had been developed over time through personal connection. It was clear that there was an opportunity to coordinate our efforts and target interventions where they were needed most to make a tangible and measurable difference. To understand the social mobility landscape in Sheffield, current provision, what was working well, barriers to engagement and what our strategy should be we partnered with the Careers and Enterprise Company and South Yorkshire Futures. Guided by their expertise and research we agreed to partner with 2 schools / colleges in the constituencies with the lowest social mobility. We launched our strategy to a packed house of 70 businesses in June. Urging them to pledge their support and join us.


In South Yorkshire,
10 out of 14 constituencies have low or very low social mobility, 2 of these constituencies are in Sheffield

Since then Longley College and Springs academy have embraced our offer. We have allocated a dedicated SBT Enterprise Adviser to collaborate on a gap analysis, plan what activities are most relevant and will have the most impact. They will then act as a connector to the wider SBT network who have pledged their support and are committed to making a difference. We will be measuring the input and impact of our support, so please watch this space for more information.


Employer encounters have a positive effect on aspiration – 4 or more encounters mean young people are 86% less likely to be NEET*

*Not In Employment, Education or training