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30 May 2012
Social mobility and access to the professions – ACCA welcomes Milburn's report
A career in accountancy can enhance both economic status and social mobility, says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) today in response to Alan Milburn's review of social mobility for the Coalition government's Fair Access to Professional Careers.
Andrew Leck, head of ACCA UK says: 'While the accountancy profession is not in the media headlines today, it does get a commendation in Milburn's review for having 'consciously constructed ladders of opportunity that allow non-graduates to enter and progress in a professional career.' This is good news, but my sense is that we cannot rest on our laurels. Together with the medical, legal and journalism professions, we need to work collectively to share best practice to ensure change.
'For ACCA, the key is to ensure that those from disadvantaged backgrounds are as able to access the professions as those from more privileged backgrounds. ACCA is firmly committed to ensuring fair access to accountancy and we welcome the Coalition government's focus on social mobility. We look forward to working with them and other professions through Professions for Good to move forward the social mobility agenda.
'ACCA stands by its founding principles, established in 1904, to broaden access to accountancy. We still aim to provide opportunity and access to people of ability around the world and to support our members throughout their careers in accounting, business and finance. ACCA continues to believe that increased diversity and mobility in the UK will enhance business performance.'
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