14th November 2014 at 12:05pm
We’ve just won an award and it’s one we’re particularly proud of.
It’s not an industry award (we love those too) but something more community based. We’ve just been recognised as a Social Mobility Business Compact ‘Champion’.
Last night, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, unveiled Standard Life as one of twelve UK Social Mobility Champions. We were chosen because of what we do to give young people from all walks of life access to our employment opportunities.
The launch took place at the Skills Show in Birmingham, which is the nation’s largest skills and careers event. The Social Mobility Champions form part of the Social Mobility Business Compact set up by Nick Clegg in 2011. The aim of the compact was to call upon businesses to open their doors to people regardless of their background and make sure that talented young people were given a chance.
Of the twelve champions, we’re the only company headquartered in Scotland to be awarded this status. It’s recognition of the work we’ve been doing through programmes such as the Edinburgh Guarantee, and the Standard Life Investments work programme as well as our support for Modern Apprentices and our partnerships with organisations such as the Prince’s Trust and Scope.
As an organisation, employability is something we care deeply about. We’re also motivated by a sense of responsibility to the communities in which we operate. We actively encourage our employees to volunteer as mentors and speakers, regularly helping educational institutions and disadvantaged young people, and this is championed from the very top. We also offer internships to help school leavers develop their skills and get a foot on the career ladder. Importantly, all of this is underpinned by our commitment to pay our employees and interns the UK Living Wage as a minimum.
We work on the ethos that what counts towards success should be the talent you have and how hard you work. As champions we are committed to taking this message further to inspire other companies to get involved.
We feel privileged to be part of this initiative and are delighted to be honoured for the role we’ve played and shall continue to play in its success.