Meetings of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions
The Panel on Fair Access to the Professions met for the first time on the 24th February. They received presentations from:
- Professor John Goldthorpe of Oxford University on long run trends and issues on social mobility; and
- Geoffrey Vos QC, an Expert Member of the Panel, and Chair of the Social Mobility Foundation on current issues to access to professions.
The Panel discussed how access issues affect different professions and agreed to look at policy options in five broad themes:
- Information, knowledge and aspiration. This theme will consider how to raise the level of understanding amongst young people about what professions do and why they might aspire to enter them. For instance, how professional outreach could help address these issues.
- Supporting talent to develop. This theme will look at measures to support talent development – for instance, developing soft skills through extracurricular activities relating to professions.
- Addressing certain financial barriers to entry. This theme will examine how the financial barriers to entering certain professions might be addressed – for instance, by making access to internships fairer.
- Encouraging fair selection processes. This theme will look at how to encourage fairer selection processes – for instance, in the recruitment and marketing of professional opportunities.
- Increasing flexible routes into, and progression within, the professions. This theme will look at what might be done to increase flexible entry routes into the professions – for instance, making it easier to enter the professions for later career entrants or from non-graduate routes.
The Panel will be developing policy options in these five broad areas, and will review progress at the second meeting of the Panel.