The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) aims to tackle the low levels of social mobility amongst young people in the UK.
The beneficiaries are high achieving students from low-income backgrounds from all across the UK. The students are supported from Year 12, throughout university and into employment. The SMF gives students opportunities for work experience, mentoring, assistance with their university applications and interviews and visiting university open days. The aim is to provide academic and career opportunities and networks to students who lack access to these from their schools or in their families and social circles.
Last year, 92% of SMF students stated that they would not have been able to get an internship at the organisation they were placed at without the help of the SMF and over 95% of internship hosts stated that the students were of the calibre they would employ after university.
Arup’s partnership with the SMF will help to support their work. The partnership will coordinate and encourage Arup staff to volunteer as mentors, take part in events and organise work placements.
“Seven years ago, I was an SMF student. Arup provided me with an internship and support for my university application. Seven years later, I’m back where I sat at 16, but as a structural engineer rather than an intern!”
“The experience at Arup really helped me to see what engineering is like in the real world, and confirmed my desire to eventually become an engineer.”