Nick Clegg and Peter Searle celebrate the success of Opening Doors


On 5th November Peter Searle, CEO of Adecco Group UK & Ireland, joined Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at Lancaster House to celebrate the successes of Opening Doors. The social mobility strategy which launched in January 2012 is aimed at offering fair and open access to jobs and professions for young people, regardless of who they are or where they come from.

During the morning session over 200 young people were invited to attend a series of career guidance workshops aimed at providing them with vital knowledge, expert advice and the skills and competencies they need to help them get the career they want. The lucky pupils were then invited to attend an off the cuff Q&A with both the DPM and Peter Searle.

In the afternoon the 150 companies who have pledged support for Opening Doors attended an awards ceremony to celebrate their successes to date and to reward the courage of 3 young people who have overcome hardship to reach their goals and break down barriers to employment.

Peter Searle, CEO of Adecco Group UK & Ireland said:

Successful businesses know that a diverse and motivated workforce is fundamental to remain competitive in today’s economy. There is a strong business case for recruiting from a wider talent pool and we need to ensure that young people have access to employment because they represent the future of UK plc.

That is why I am so pleased to have seen so many genuinely inspiring schemes where young people are not judged by which school or university they went to but by what they can achieve.

We have made great inroads but the issue of social mobility and barriers to employment must continue to be a priority for coordinated action by government, industry and educators throughout the UK.

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