Social Mobility has only had true momentum within the commercial sector over the last couple of years.
The Future Talent Insights Report identified that for most businesses today Social Mobility is ‘important’. Businesses are only as good as their people and it’s vital for growth that firms identify and recruit the best individuals. But evidence increasingly shows social mobility is important for growth too.
The UK has one of the highest set of barriers for social mobility. And when it comes to building a socially diverse workforce barriers are a big problem. Opportunities are unfortunately not open to all. And this is preventing talented and driven young people getting ahead. But are businesses contributing to these barriers?
Research shows barriers can be encountered at every stage of the recruitment processes. Adverse impact or bias can be found at the initial application form through assessment, and beyond. This is why it’s important for Future Talent employers to ensure that their recruitment processes are fair and free of bias by conducting an adverse impact study.
For those employers who recognise the importance of social mobility there are more complex solutions that drive results. Contextualised Screening is integrated in our Ambertrack recruitment platform and is arguably the most significant tool in the battle for greater social diversity in employment. This approach enables organisations to see an applicant’s achievement in its true context; not all results are equal – for example, 3Bs when they’re the top result at an under-performing school are arguably a greater achievement than 3Bs at a school where it is the lowest result in a high-performing school. It allows you to quickly and easily contextualise academic results so that it’s possible to identify applicants who’ve demonstrated potential by outperforming their circumstances.
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