Career launch - how work experience can promote social mobility
Last year, former Labour MP Alan Milburn published a cross-party report analysing social mobility in Britain. He found that our society has become more, not less, socially exclusive in recent years. The report claimed not enough was being done to encourage people from across society into the top professions. Professions like law, journalism and the media were highlighted as not representing society as a whole. Also, the informal system of work experience, so important to getting ahead in a career, was criticised as being biased towards young people whose family or friends may be able to help them access opportunities more readily.
A&O’s David Morley on how work experience programmes are vital in promoting social mobility as the UK tries to reduce its deficit
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