Series 2, Episode 3

Class dismissed

The Full Picture | Colt Technology Services

In 2019, 56.5% of disadvantaged young people in the UK left school without a GCSE equivalent. Compare that with the 75% of employers who require a GCSE equivalent for entry level roles. And it’s not just education – nepotism is rife when it comes to internships and work experience for young people. What can we do to boost social mobility and break those deep-rooted cycles of class inequality? Further speaker details below.

About the Full Picture

The Full Picture is a podcast from Colt Technology Services combining individual stories and expert opinions to make sense of the world around us. We’re excited to cover new ground this series, such as the trans experience of the workplace, modern masculinity and coming out at work.

Giving every voice a platform to be heard and building an environment where our people feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work is a core focus for our business. Producing this podcast is our way of taking one meaningful step towards that, through education, communication and listening.

The Full Picture blends personal stories from our Colties, their own experiences and unique perspectives, along with the views and insights from experts within our industry and beyond. Episodes will focus in on topics that mean something to our people and the workforces of other organisations such as mental health, neurodiversity in tech, changing conversations about race, to name a few.

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Meet our guest speakers


Eddie Fletcher

Interim Head of Social Mobility at the Ministry of Justice

Born and brought up in the West Midlands, Eddie has been a civil servant for 25 years working mostly in Learning and Development. He has worked in social mobility for the last five years for the Ministry of Justice, developing a strategy and delivering a wide range of programmes.

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Carol Archibald

Programme Manager at Avenues Youth Project

Carol joined The Avenues as a member aged 14 and never left. She is responsible for managing the content, planning, staffing and delivery of the Avenues programmes and activities and holds a BA Hons in Youth Work and Business Management, and a Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training.