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Season 1, Episode 7: How can social mobility improve youth employment prospects?

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In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.

The first season focused on youth employment and was presented by Catch22’s Director of Communications, Melissa Milner. Each episode looked at how society can both prepare young people for today’s job market and improve the opportunities available to all young people.

Many of us have experienced the benefits of our social capital when job hunting – whether it’s a referral from a friend of a friend, a former colleague, or just meeting someone at the event you happened to get an invite to.

Social capital brings networks, it brings trust and security, and it brings a sense of belonging. With that, it brings individuals the confidence to step up and stand out in the workplace. Research has shown that social capital can even predict work performance – and it helps with job searching, pay and the potential for promotions.

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Charlotte Turner, Director of Bean Research – whose focus is on social impact research and Lee Elliot Major, the UK’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter, whose work is dedicated to improving the prospects of disadvantaged young people.

Our panellists

Charlotte Turner

Lee Elliot Major