The Inner Temple is Rising Up for Social Mobility

Over 100 employers from 18 sectors, who collectively employ over one million people, entered the 2018 Social Mobility Index. The Inner Temple has been ranked 24th – up eleven places compared to 2017 – out of the Top 50 UK employers who have taken the most action on social mobility in the workplace.

The Index is the creation of the Social Mobility Foundation and is published in partnership with sponsors The City of London Corporation. It ranks the UK’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.

This year the index found that having a workforce that is diverse in terms of social background is fast becoming as important to employers as being diverse in terms of gender and race.

Entrants included banks, law firms, Government departments, engineering firms, retail firms and technology companies.

Greg Dorey CVO, Sub-Treasurer (CEO) of the Inner Temple, commented:

“The Barrister profession should be open anyone, no matter their background. Our ranking today in the Social Mobility Index clearly shows that our school and university programmes are making a difference to the future of the profession. We’re delighted to be highlighted as an example of good practise in the official report just published by the Social Mobility Foundation.”

The Social Mobility Employer Index is a voluntary and free of charge survey that assesses employers across seven areas, including the work they do with young people; their recruitment and selection processes; and how people from lower income backgrounds progress within their organisations.

Daisy Mortimer

Outreach Co-ordinator

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Outreach activities, Schools Project, Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, Police Liaison Scheme, University Students' Societies, Dinner to the Universities and University Outreach Events.

Daisy Mortimer

Outreach Co-ordinator

Bio

Outreach activities, Schools Project, Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, Police Liaison Scheme, University Students' Societies, Dinner to the Universities and University Outreach Events.

Daisy Mortimer

Outreach Co-ordinator

Bio

Outreach activities, Schools Project, Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, Police Liaison Scheme, University Students' Societies, Dinner to the Universities and University Outreach Events.

Notes to Editors

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court of England and Wales. The Inns of Court hold the exclusive right to Call candidates to practise at the Bar of England and Wales and are providers of legal education and training. The Inner Temple celebrated the 400th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter in 2008. The Inn has over 9,000 qualified members, including judges, barristers (both practising and non-practising), pupils and students.
The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. It runs free of charge programmes of mentoring, internships, university application support (including trips to universities and help with personal statements, aptitude tests and interviews) and career and skills workshops to support young people through their sixth-form and university years. Currently taking on a new cohort of over 1600 young people every year, the SMF has offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle and runs residential programmes for young people from the Isle of Wight to the Western Isles of Scotland across 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, and Technology).
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. We employ over 100 apprentices in a diverse range of jobs across the capital, supported by the Apprenticeship Levy. We sponsor or co-sponsor 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. We are sponsoring the Social Mobility Employers’ Index to encourage businesses to increase the socio-economic diversity of their workforce. We support SMEs to make use of the apprenticeship levy to increase diversity and support businesses to access skills.