This report was prepared by the Sutton Trust for the APPG on Social Mobility. It summarises the APPG on Social Mobility’s inquiry into Access into Leading Professions, investigating how to increase access of people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the most selective professions – such as law, finance, medicine, journalism, the arts, the civil service and politics. The report outlines how the government, universities, schools and employers can lead the way so everybody, no matter what their background, may aspire to join the leading professions.
- A strategic approach to social mobility should be developed.
- Financial barriers to accessing the professions should be minimised.
- Recruitment practices should be fair and transparent.
- Careers advice for young people needs to be significantly improved.
- Schools should encourage pupils to develop skills beyond their core curriculum that are keenly sought after by employers.
- A list of sector-specific recommendations can be found in the report.