Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood, and a champion of the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility APPG’s inquiry into access into leading professions, raised her role with the Sutton Trust in oral Business Innovation and Skills questions this week.
I am a champion of the Sutton Trust and the inquiry by the all-party parliamentary group on social mobility into access into leading professions. What is the Department doing to support our leading professions to work with schools and universities to build up the schools base, so that more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can access our top professions?
Universities Minister Jo Johnson MP responded:
We have established the Careers & Enterprise Company to make sure that all young people know about the opportunities available to them through our higher education reforms. We are also giving students more information than ever before about their course choice, and we have introduced degree apprenticeships as a new route into the professions. We want to see universities playing their part too, which is why I have asked the director of fair access to continue to focus on access to the professions in his work with universities