ITV signs up to the Social Mobility Pledge

Helping Britain smash the class ceiling

ITV has signed the newly announced Social Mobility Pledge to enable people of all backgrounds reach their full potential in the workplace.

The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, the former Secretary of State for Education, launched the Social Mobility Pledge for business and employers in a Parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 28th March.

The Pledge asks businesses and employers to commit to three steps. Firstly, partnering with schools, secondly, giving access to apprenticeships or work experience opportunities to disadvantaged young people and thirdly, having open recruitment practices that promote a level playing field for candidates, such as name blind recruitment or contextual recruitment.

As founding members of the Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP), ITV has been supporting people of all backgrounds to enter the legal and financial professions for some time. We’re also signatories of the UK government’s Social Mobility Business Compact. This latest Pledge is a welcome enhancement to the work we’ve been doing, and an opportunity to publicly commit to doing even more.

Barry Matthews, ITV’s Director of Legal Affairs & Third Party Sales and Chief Executive of SMBP says:

The Social Mobility Business Partnership is proud to work with Justine and support the Social Mobility Pledge. The key to cracking the issue of equality of opportunity in the UK is to bring about collaboration and coordination between all interested groups. No one entity owns the issue. The Social Mobility Pledge and the SMBP are founded on this principle; therefore we look forward to working with all those organisations who sign up to bring about much needed change.

The pledge is also backed by other major employers such as BT, Aviva, Adidas, Clifford Chance, KPMG and others.

ITV was also recently accepted onto the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network that helps organisations tap into the talent of individuals from all backgrounds, and ensure that apprenticeships are accessible and welcoming to all.

Through the Network we are supporting the wider push to create lasting change and improve representation in apprenticeships for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals, those with Learning Difficulties or Disabled (LDD) or from disadvantaged backgrounds, and for females in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.