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Social Mobility Pledge

We’ve signed up to the Social Mobility Pledge to help change Britain for the better

Social mobility is all about moving from one social status to another. This is important to us as we believe people from various backgrounds and circumstances must be able to achieve their full potential without being unfairly obstructed by their upbringing, location of birth, or their social class.

The Pledge

The Pledge aims to encourage employers to play a bigger role in challenging and changing the UK’s record on social mobility.

It resonates with our organisation as it helps further our efforts to constantly strive for better. We want to ensure we deliver a heartfelt service through a diverse workforce.

We're already fulfilling aspects of the pledge

We are already fulfilling aspects of the Pledge thanks to the work of our learning and development arm The Learning Enterprise (TLE), our People team, and our services which are already working closely with schools.

Partnering with schools and colleges

We partner with a number of schools and colleges to provide coaching through quality careers experiences. For example, our Adult Community Service Teams are partnered with West Lancashire College enabling students to learn more about careers in healthcare. Students spend time shadowing our colleagues and gain new skills one day a week for a total of eight weeks. The successful partnership with the college also sees us support students on work placements.

We also support work placement students at our South Ribble East Health Visiting service, which has helped many students gain the skills and confidence needed to pursue a career in Child Nursing. The Learning Enterprise has also been working with Wolverhampton University and Keele University to support over 1,000 student placements in our East Staffordshire services with the aim of developing our current and future workforce.

Apprenticeship programmes and courses

Equality of opportunity is also important for adults already in work and our range of apprenticeship programmes and courses widens access to people at different stages of their careers. Our colleagues also have the opportunity to progress professionally, whether they are at entry level or a more experienced stage in their careers. With the help of TLE, we can offer a wide range of training for thousands of health and social care professionals working for us, including short and self-contained courses as well as longer ones.

In the latest inspection report, the TLE fully met every criterion they were judged on including ethics, values, and learning excellence. The report also noted that 91 per cent of learners are confident that the trainers understand the sector they are delivering in, showing that we are absolutely committed to providing high quality training and development for our staff.

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