Access to the Professions & The Social Mobility Toolkit

We are working closely with professional employers and bodies, third sector bodies, academia and educational institutes, and government departments on a number of initiatives to increase access to the professions.

Our programme includes encouraging the adoption of the Social Mobility Toolkit for the Professions, the first common framework to measure the progress of social mobility within the professions. An initial version of the Toolkit was  launched in March 2012 by Professions for Good, but a second version, including more advice for HR professions, provided by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, was published in 2014.

The toolkit, researched by Spada on behalf of Professions for Good, surveyed 300 professionals and drew on the expertise of fifty representatives from universities, membership bodies, NGOs, regulators and Government departments. It provides practical recommendations for employer organisations of all sizes, professional bodies and regulators on how they can track and foster social mobility. The toolkit examines the economic, business and moral case for social mobility; the state of social mobility in the UK and the recent policy initiatives in this area by the current Government. It also provides best-practice advice on how to collect and process data on social mobility and how organisations can diversify the socio-economic profile of their members and employees.

A copy of the new (2014) version of the Toolkit can be downloaded here

A copy of the original (2012) version of the Toolkit is archived here

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome this Toolkit, produced by Professions for Good, as a simple guide to help employers and professional bodies do more to open up opportunities to people of all backgrounds and monitor their progress in improving access along the way. I urge employers to make the most of this brilliant resource, to harness the talents of people across society for the good of their company or organization. We will all benefit if they do.”

The Toolkit has its origins in the 2009 ‘Unleashing Aspirations’ report by Alan Milburn, which highlighted the barriers to entry and social mobility within the UK professions, and the detrimental effect this has on the professions and society at large. In its aftermath, the Department for Business, Innovation of Skills’ Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum and Panel on Fair Access to the Professions recommended the development of a ‘Social Mobility Toolkit’ for use by the professions. In order to mobilise the professions, Professions for Good and Spada were commissioned to develop today’s toolkit. By collecting sample indicative data every three years, the professions will be able to track their progress against the Coalition Government’s Social Mobility Strategy, and report to the relevant regulatory bodies and the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Please see below to learn what individual Professions for Good members are doing to improve access to their individual profession:

ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

The Bar Council

CII – Chartered Insurance Institute

CIOT – Chartered Institute of Taxation

ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

The Law Society

RAE – Royal Academy of Engineering

RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects

RICS – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Science Council