Alan Milburn, the Labor Party Ex-minister, has proposed to provide the youth with a wider choice of careers, but Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said that this proposal was not taken seriously enough to be considered. The social mobility adviser of the Deputy PM stated that educational institutions should make a lot of efforts to take more applicants choosing professions of doctors, journalists and lawyers.
Mr. Milburn told that there were some barriers to provide a sufficient number of the work experience possibilities and internships. According to his report, efforts to increase students’ aspiration at school and familiarity with their future careers are too scattered and unclear. A lot of companies recruit from a limited range of both higher education institutions and regions. Either work experience or internships play a significant role for the students’ future employment but they still have to be lucky enough to find the places to undergo practical training. The process of career selection is accidental as well. After students receive their university degrees, they grip on the labor market with their both hands.
Mr. Milburn, calling the period from 1950 to 1970 as the ‘golden age’ of social mobility, claimed that even now the employment level was increasing despite the weak situation in the current economy and the social mobility issue could be solved. However, Mr. Clegg did not agree with his viewpoint stating that this was a complicated problem and it was impossible to solve it in such a short stretch of time. The economic progress is slow and problems are sometimes not taken seriously in some branches of industries. The only measure promised by the government is the establishment of the commission dealing with the issues of child poverty and social mobility.
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