The topic social mobility refers to people being able to climb the social ladder, i.e. how possible is it for a child from a low-income family/or a family with no or little academic background to move to a higher social class than that of the parents.
Social mobility or the lack thereof is a topic that is high on the agenda in almost every country, however some countries are more adversely affected, whereas other countries seem to have found ways to satisfactory offer more equal opportunities to all its young people.
According to a report from the OECD countries like South Korea, Russia and Finland have the most efficient system on working towards perfection in social mobility.
Whereas a country like Britain suffers a huge lack of social mobility, which is a massive issue, which is getting worse for an entire generation of young people. In this essay, we will be analysing social mobility in Britain, what obstacles the lower- and middleclass population are facing, trying to move up the social ladder. Furthermore, we will be discussing multiple solutions.
The Social Mobility Commission is suggesting a catalogue of measures which they recommend are implemented.
The proposals from the commission is a sweeping ten-year programme of reforms to address both an unfair education system, a two-tier labour market, an economy which is regionally very unbalanced and a situation where the housing market is becoming unaffordable for more and more people.
This includes building three million homes over the next decade. The commission furthermore recommends a total legal ban on unpaid internship, to ensure that the labour of young people is not exploited in a way that leaves children from a free school meal background, without a real chance of succeeding climbing the social ladder. In addition, the commission has suggested a new social mobility league table to ensure suffusion focus, and thereby widening access to the universities.