Institution: The Cabinet Office
Full reference: The Cabinet Office (2009) Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions.
The panel on Fair Access to the Professions was formed in January 2009, to look at the processes and structures that govern recruitment into key professions, including the creative industries. Lead by the Rt Hon. Alan Milburn its 18 panel members examined the barriers and pathways to reaching professions for all people – regardless of their background. The final report, published July 2009, contains a total of 88 recommendations.
The creative industries are considered to include professions, such as journalism, publishers, designing, writing and art. Section 7 of the final report looks at the role of Internships and work experience in social mobility, particularly in the creative industries.
The recommendations around this area include:
-changing the Student Loan system, so that interns can draw down their loan in four parts rather than three, to support summer vacation work and reviewing the case for additional support through this window
-offering micro-loans, perhaps managed by the Student Loans Company, to cover short internships
-extending the scope of Professional and Career Development Loans
-opening up university halls of residence to interns during the summer vacation, in order to provide low-cost accommodation
It was also proposed that a new guidance should be put in place for employers, and a new national Kitemark be introduced for internship schemes, recognising and rewarding best practice.