Novartis enhances social mobility commitments
Updated: Apr 29, 2022
Words by GOLD newsdesk
A series of new charitable partnerships has been announced by Novartis UK to mark its annual community partnership day.
Focusing on social mobility, the company has partnered with Founders4Schools and the Social Mobility Foundation to empower young people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to improve their career prospects. Novartis UK will also provide financial support to two new OnSide Youth Zones in White City, London and Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
Alongside allotting certain employees eight hours across the year to provide mentoring, general career advice, job application support and CV workshops to individuals involved in the initiative, the company has ambitions to drive new talent into the life sciences sector.
“I have strong hopes that we can help to encourage brilliant young people in the UK into a career within the life sciences where they might not have previously considered one,” said Amanda Stuart, Head of Communications and Engagement, Novartis UK.
This aligns with the UK government’s recent announcement around a renewed focus on investment in life sciences. In March 2022, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng revealed plans to ensure total spending in scientific R&D reaches 2.4% of GDP by 2027. The aim is to strengthen the UK's R&D system and cement its position as a "science superpower and innovation nation".