Social mobility strategy and InternshipsApr 05, 2011 14:24 BST
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced the launch of the Government’s social mobility strategy today.
Stating that no-one should get an unfair advantage purely because of "who they know", the Liberal Democrat leader criticised Labour's record in improving social mobility as he outlined how the Coalition intends to make Britain more meritocratic. This new strategy aims to create fair access to jobs and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
A major part of the policy focuses on making work experience and internships a driving force in widening access to professions. The Coalition believes practical experience can provide young people with valuable skills, understanding of a chosen industry and ultimately boosting their employment chances.
The strategy aims to open up internships to everyone, not just the “well-connected”. Employers will be encouraged to make their employment methods more transparent, offer internships on merit and provide financial support to interns, with a minimum reimbursement of out of pocket expense.
Both these measures match Inspiring Interns' own commitment to fair internships. We advertise all our vacancies widely, so that it is not just those 'in the know' who can apply for our schemes, and our remuneration policy is one of lunch and travel expenses as a minimum.
We welcome the Government's social mobility strategy and their support for fair and open internships. With ever increasing numbers of graduates entering a hugely competitive job market it has become crucial for university leavers to have meaningful work experience. Securing this experience should be about what you know, not who you know.