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Government officials and experts questioned on social mobility

8 July 2015

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The newly appointed House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility will hold its first evidence sessions on Wednesday 8 July. The Committee will hear from Government officials, as well as representatives from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.


The evidence sessions will take place on Wednesday 8 July 2015, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 11.05am

  • Juliet Chua, Director Post-16 and Disadvantage Group, Department for Education
  • Andrew Battarbee, Deputy Director, Vocational Education Strategy, Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • Peter Clark, Head of the Participation and Careers Unit, Department for Education
  • Oliver Newton, Head of the Apprenticeship Growth, Strategy and Legislation Team, Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

At approximately 12.00 noon

  • Dr Claire Crawford, Research Fellow at the Institute of Fiscal Studies
  • Dr Abigail McKnight, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics
  • Moira McKerracher, Deputy Director, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills

Likely topics

Topics likely to be covered are:

  • the Government's plans to improve outcomes and opportunities for school leavers, particularly for the 'missing middle'- the group of young people who are not on the 'royal route' of A-levels and higher education nor are classified as not in employment, education or training (NEET)
  • the changes to the child poverty targets announced last week and the impact these changes will have on social mobility
  • use of the labour market information in the development of policy; the quality of careers guidance; and the impact of the changes being made to the adult skills budget
  • the factors that influence upward social mobility
  • the impact of the structural changes to the economy upon expected outcomes for young people, and
  • how to encourage employers to offer more apprenticeships, traineeships and work experiences placements

Further information

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