CIPD welcomes Alan Milburn’s report on social mobility in professions and urges employers to think beyond University graduates
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed Alan Milburn’s call for the professions to open up careers to a wider and more diverse pool of talent. It is urging employers to think how they can help young people to make the transition from education into work, regardless of their social background by: going into schools, especially state schools, to provide advice and guidance on jobs and careers, offering work experience placements and internships to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and by providing alternative routes to university education into their organisations, such as apprenticeships, post-A level jobs and in-house degrees.
Katerina Rüdiger, skills policy adviser at CIPD, comments: “At the front line of recruitment processes, HR professionals are in a unique position to improve social mobility across all professions. This is why our ‘learning to work’ campaign will call on our members to encourage employers to engage more actively in improving young people’s prospects in the labour market, in particular those that cannot rely on their parents’ networks. Our members have shown already how they can make a huge difference by mentoring young jobseekers that lack insight into the world of work and what employers are looking for in the recruitment process.
“To improve social mobility and build a sustainable talent pipeline, employers certainly need to look beyond the top universities but they should also be looking at alternative routes into professions. Vocational routes into professions, such as apprenticeships, give employers access to bright young talent that can be trained and developed according to the needs of their organisation and give young people without a university degree a first step on the career ladder. Employers need to move away from the mindset that apprenticeships only apply in certain professions and sectors and see them as a way to grow their own workforce.
Indeed, the HR profession itself is developing a Higher Apprenticeship in HR to widen access to our own profession.”
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