Linklaters wins prize for social mobility scheme

Linklaters has scooped the Prime Minister’s Big Society award for its innovative social mobility programme.

The magic circle firm received the trophy for its Learn for Work programme, which is run in partnership with the Local Authority in Hackney after being initially launched in 2007 (19 November 2007).

Linklaters chairman Robert Elliott said: “In recent years, we have seen how Hackney students have excelled in their education. We believe that the more subtle skills developed by our Learn for Work programme complements this success and will help them stand out when they progress to further study, training or the world of work.”

Each year the programme sees 400 staff give 3,500 hours of their time to support 2,500 young people in more than 50 primary schools in the borough.

At secondary level the firm has a partnership with Clapton Girl’s Academy, which hosted the award presentation by Children’s Minister Tim Loughton yesterday.

The firm is now running its second three-year scheme, with each programme being backed by £1million in funding.

The news follows the announcement that Slaughter and May was launching a social mobility scheme with an inner-city school this year (8 March 2012).