Timeline:

4th April 2018
' Nominations Open '
9th May 2018
' Nominations Close '
26th July 2018
' Shortlist Announced '
5th October 2018
' Awards Ceremony '

MoJ Social Mobility Team

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The MoJ Social Mobility Programme has put the issue of social mobility on the map for the department and the Civil Service. This year, we have undertaken targeted initiatives to reach individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds:

•500 Schools Programme volunteers worked with >23,000 children from schools with >20% eligibility for free school meals, delivering over 250 events
•We introduced ‘STEP Into Justice’ work experience and e-mentor students from lower SEBs
•Launched Justice Origins social mobility apprenticeship scheme
•We worked with Mosaic and the Social Mobility Foundation to expand our geographical reach to UK regions with the lowest social mobility rates
•We partnered with Middlesex University offering opportunities to undergraduates
•Built partnerships including work with Oldham Sixth Form College and the EY Foundation in Bradford to support young people to build skills for employment and help to break down barriers
•We are phasing in a strength-based approach to recruitment and selection and have developed a bespoke Proposal for policy areas, which identifies ways to improve access and progression for staff
•Developed and launched our new Catapult mentoring and sponsorship scheme, matching staff from lower SEBs with senior leaders for a minimum of six sessions. Since January, we’ve matched 130 mentees
•Redrafted our Equality and Diversity policy for procurement to include a commitment to social mobility from suppliers in tender documentation, reflecting our commitment to informing and inspiring other organisations
•We held four MoJ Social Mobility Live events across England and Wales, attracting over 400 staff, and hosted webchats, live-streamed discussions, Q&As, blogs, articles, videos, stalls and newsletters

The impact of these initiatives has demonstrated increased positive sentiment from staff and those reached by our programmes, more applications to our lower SEB schemes and higher engagement from staff.