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Access to the professions

18 November 2014

Last week was Access to the Professions Week. Across the labour market there is an expansion in the professions and an increased demand for high skilled workers, technicians and managers.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) predicts that by 2022 there will be an additional two million jobs in professional and managerial occupations. 20 leading professional bodies work together under the banner of ‘Access to the Professions’ to help:

• Young people, especially those from more disadvantaged backgrounds, to consider professional careers
• Careers advisers and teachers provide the very best advice and guidance on professional careers, and up-to-date teaching in areas relating to professions
• Government and the public understand the contribution professional bodies make to social mobility and the economy and future prospects of the UK.

Historically, people from lower socio-economic groups are under-represented in professional careers. There are growing opportunities for young people to enter the professions; professional bodies and employers are increasingly keen to attract young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Increasing access to the professions makes moral and economic sense. ‘Access to the Professions’ new research in summer 2014 focused on young people and their parents/guardians’ awareness, aspirations, expectations and perceptions of life as a professional. Their report brings together the key findings from the research and provides a rich set of data, including data on careers advice. You can read the report here.

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