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'Elitism' blocks access to graduate jobs

Published: Wednesday, 22 July 2009   Category: Diversity Jobs

A new report headed by former minister Alan Milburn has claimed that graduate jobs are not available to people of all social backgrounds.

The Access to Professions Panel found that elitism among employers and universities has blocked off routes to degree courses, the "most common" way for young people to gain access to the majority of jobs.

Mr Milburn said that all young people who have the aptitude and willingness to pursue a professional career or graduate job should have the chance to do so.

Commenting on the results of the panel's discussions, Mr Milburn said: "Britain can't succeed as a closed shop society. I have been listening first-hand to both young people and experts about how we can help more people pursue a professional career. Britain's got talent – it's time to unlock it."

Graduate job hunters interested in social work may be pleased to know that the government's Children's Workforce Development Council is looking to recruit more university leavers, according to Children and Young People Now.

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