Panel recommends "entry steps" for promoting professions
A government panel has identified "five key entry steps" for broadening access to the UK's leading professions.
The Panel on Fair Access to the Professions published a report this week in which it revealed social and educational background gaps in the top professions and believes there are five main areas in which this can be addressed.
Boosting young people's aspirations and providing career guidance and developmental support are suggested, as is an increase in the availability of work experience placements.
The report also pinpointed weak points in recruitment, with only 27 out of the Times' top 100 employers offering non-graduate entry routes and a majority of leading employers targeting less than one-eighth of the UK's universities.
A further report, compiling case studies and evidence, is set to be published by the panel, before it outlines its final recommendations to both the government and the professions.
Members of the panel include Trevor Phillips OBE, head of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, and Azeem Ibrahim, founder of the European Commerce and Mercantile Bank.