The benchmark for social mobility

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The Aspire Group has been named amongst a dozen of the UK’s most high-profile companies recognised by the Government for helping young people.


By leading the way to ensure young people have a better chance of getting on the jobs ladder, Aspire has become a ‘social mobility champion’, sharing that title with the likes of Accenture, Deloitte and KPMG.


The Champions are driving a new benchmark for social mobility by committing to meet the following criteria over the next 12 months, building on their existing work:

  • Developing relationships with schools and young people
  • Targeting efforts on institutions with above average levels of disadvantage
  • Widening the geographical spread of opportunities
  • Offering well-structured non-graduate entry-routes and driving forward recruitment practices that eliminate barriers to social mobility


Will Nixon, Tim Edwards and Jak Forrester met the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the unveiling of the champions at a launch event in Birmingham.


Tim Edwards, Aspire Group Head of Regeneration, said: “As a social regeneration, housing and skills business, working in area of relative deprivation, we are acutely aware of the need to develop opportunities for everyone to maximise their potential.
“I’m delighted our work has led to us being awarded Social Mobility Champion status.
“We are passionate about giving people the chance to better their lives and get ahead, helping around 400 unemployed adults a year.”