Goal 17’s CEO and Co-Founder, Fran Boorman, was the special guest on the PwC Podcast talking about Social Mobility.
Recorded at the global firm’s London office, Fran was brought in to share her expertise on the subject and examples of how Goal 17’s Mentor Training programmes are helping employers engage and retain a more diverse a sustainable source of talent.
Fran shared, “A report released by the Government’s Social Mobility Commission showed that Social Mobility in the UK has been stagnant since 2014. With a global market place and consumers having more choice than ever before, it is important that companies attract a diverse workforce. Coupled with the current UK’s skills gap reaching 870,000 people, companies are going to need to find new ways of attracting and retaining the best talent. Developing a social mobility agenda is essential for this”.
During the podcast Fran explains how the key to unlocking the real benefits of social mobility is through shifting the mindsets and perspectives of current workers, as much as it is about recruitment initiatives. “The importance of understanding our unconscious bias and seeing our workforce with fresh eyes is essential”, Fran adds. “With a fresh perspective and a robust mentoring culture that helps colleagues raise each other up it is possible to begin to achieve real progress in social mobility.”
This podcast is released on the same week that Goal 17 discover they have been named on the role of honour for the National Social Mobility Awards in recognition of the work they are doing with their KEEPER Mentor Training Programme.
One of the key elements of Goal 17’s Mentor Training is the ‘Perspective’ module. Using the power of mentoring this part of the training helps corporate clients see the opportunities for social mobility and diversity within their organisation.
Fran explains; “One of the ways we cement our trainees’ learning, ensuring they become effective mentors in the workplace, is by pairing them with a homeless young person who they mentor in a unique and immersive experience. Not only does this accelerate their learning and see deep levels of personal commitment, but it also shifts their perspective. We find our Mentor Graduates return to their workplace with a new appreciation of those around them. They are able to spot and nurture talent opportunities in a way they wouldn’t have done otherwise.”
Fran concludes; “It was an honour to be invited on the PwC podcast to talk about such an important subject. We feel very privileged to be able to help our corporate clients gain a new understanding of Social Mobility and look forward to continuing to demonstrate the huge commercial value that an internal social mobility mindset can create.”