“When the Government launched the Opening Doors campaign last week to open up the jobs market for young people, I thought, what a great idea it is to champion equal opportunities for young people from all walks of life and was pleased to see that more than 150 major UK companies and organizations have already signed up to offer open access to their jobs.
In a way it was a shame that what should be such a valuable campaign was slightly overshadowed by the mounting controversy around James Caan’s ‘hypocrisy’ with his remarks about too many parents helping their kids out with finding work experience placements and the position of his own daughter.
At the end of the day the focus has to be about businesses doing their bit to making it a fairer society and giving young people a chance.
I read with shock some new research from YouGov which shows 1:3 young people aged 16-25 from higher social grades have a job in their chosen industry but only 1:20 from lower social grades. This is scary.
We should all be doing our bit in whatever way we can. In my view its important that talent is sourced from a wide base of young people from all backgrounds in life to help boost the economy and growth in our businesses. If we all did our bit we would really be opening doors for young people from all walks of life.”