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Social mobility toolkit for the professions

Professions for Good, a public information campaign to which many professional bodies have signed up, is developing a Social Mobility Toolkit on behalf of the Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This is a response to the findings of government-commissioned reports into social mobility such as Unleashing Aspiration and Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers.

Toolkit proposals

The toolkit is in the early stages of development, but it is proposed that it will contain two main elements:

• A set of key indicators to be used to collect and monitor social mobility information in a similar way to data on gender, ethnic background, disability, etc.

• A set of good practice guidelines and case studies for attraction, recruitment, selection and development of individuals from socially-deprived backgrounds within the profession.

It is expected that, once complete, the toolkit will be adopted by professional bodies who may then encourage or require their constituent members to gather this information on a regular basis to provide an ongoing measure of progress, or otherwise, in widening fair access to the professions.

AGCAS involvement

AGCAS was represented at a focus group to evaluate a proposed core set of social mobility indicators (parental occupation and education level, type of school attended, etc) by David Winter of The Careers Group, University of London. This event took place on 7 November 2011. Also represented were professional bodies, education providers and BIS.

We would be interested in members' ideas about possible indicators of social mobility. What questions could you ask on a form, which might indicate the socio-economic status of someone's origins and so enable the monitoring of the extent to which professions were recruiting from a representative section of society? Please send your suggestions to Chris Jackson or, if you are an Associate or Affiliate Member of AGCAS and signed into the website, comment below.

Tags: AGCAS social mobility widening participation BIS University

Created on: 08 November 2011

Last updated: 11 November 2011

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