Yardley MP Jess Phillips has spoken at an event for young people targeting careers in major firms.
Speaking to students from a life-changing social mobility charity, Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB), Jess spoke about her career, inequality, and the importance of youth political engagement.
LTSB works with bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare and support them in accountancy apprenticeships. The prospective accountants asked questions which showed their concern at a system that often leaves people like them behind – mainly, what can be done about inequality of opportunity for young people in the city?
Pete Ward, Deputy CEO and Operations Director at LTSB, said:
“We’re delighted that Jess could spare the time to meet the best of Birmingham as they make a case not only for themselves, but for other young people like them."
“There’s a huge amount of hidden talent in this city, and employers should be engaging with them, because the business case is as compelling as the moral case. More diverse businesses – in terms of gender, ethnicity, class – are more innovative and more profitable."
Jess Phillips MP said:
“It was a pleasure to meet the group today. I think LTSB are doing important work in supporting and preparing these bright young people for their futures, and I’ll be spreading the word about this!”