On Monday 11th September Adam asked the Department for Education for an update on their work to improve social mobility [14:56:00 to 14:57:48]:
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): What steps the Government is taking to improve social mobility in disadvantaged areas.
Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education): We are committed to supporting social mobility across the country, including in those areas that face the greatest challenges and have the fewest opportunities. At the vanguard of this approach, we are investing £72 million in 12 opportunity areas based in social mobility cold spots. We are working in these areas with local partners to improve educational attainment, to build opportunity and to broaden horizons for children and young people across early years, schools, and further and higher education.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): One of the best gifts we can give young people is a job with prospects for a decent career. It helps with mental health challenges and gives them a sense of belonging to society. When we look at this part of our history, I think we will discover that one of the greatest achievements has been the reduction in unemployment among young people. Does the Secretary of State agree we must continue to do all we can to help people to transition, at the appropriate point, from full-time education to work?
Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education): Absolutely. My hon. Friend’s question sets out how important it is to have a strong economy producing jobs and opportunity for young people. We are working with the Careers & Enterprise Company to build a national network, which will connect schools and colleges with employers. Over half of schools and colleges in England are already supported by an enterprise adviser, who helps them to build strong careers and strong enterprise plans for their young people. In opportunity areas, dozens of key employers, including Rolls-Royce, NatWest and KPMG, have committed to providing tailored careers support to young people.
The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie, said:
“Too many talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds end up falling by the wayside due to lack of opportunity. In order to become a true meritocracy we need to ensure that everyone can get their foot on the first rung of the ladder.
“As someone who came from a tough background I am aware that business and the private sector has the potential to be a true motor for social mobility if it is harnessed correctly, so I am particularly pleased to see that the government is connecting schools and colleges with employers, as well as the fact that over half of colleges in England now have an enterprise adviser.
“Whilst there is no silver bullet to ensuring true social mobility, a good education can transform the life chances for disadvantaged children, so I welcome this Conservative Government’s to give more children the opportunity to succeed.”
- Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
- He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
- He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
- He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
- Adam has written extensive written on social mobility, more of which you can read about here.