An unequal access to university perpetuates the inequality in Parliament and our judiciary. In order to shape a fairer and more equal society, we must begin with a fairer and more equal access to education.
I still have to pinch myself that at just 20 years old, I've been working here for a year whilst studying for a degree, with the BBC paying my tuition fees. It's a truly unique opportunity within the creative industries, and I feel so lucky to be in a position to learn through hands on experience and from some of the most inspiring people in television.
The first year I applied for an IT apprenticeship with Accenture I didn't get it. Naturally I was upset but I just thought I'm not going to give up, I'm going to go for it again, and it paid off! Now here I am in my second year of the apprenticeship, set to graduate with a foundation degree next summer...
A-Level results day is fast approaching. Thousands of young people are eagerly awaiting the results that will lead to them taking the next big step in their lives. Many will be making the choice to go to university - though they may not know which location they will be heading to next month until they have received their results...
To ensure the quality of apprenticeships, the new standards should explicitly include a qualification, and be more tightly regulated by the new Institute of Apprenticeships, particularly focusing on level, progression and overlap.
So, my apprenticeship story has been nothing short of a whirl-wind! I've had so many amazing experiences, learnt so many new things and forged friends I'll have for life. I'm going to start from the very beginning, where it all began just a year ago...
Four years ago, when I was in school and pregnant with my daughter, without a clue how to move my future forward or how I was going to support my family - I never thought I would be aiming for the top. I don't see why anyone else can't do that too; move outside your comfort zone, never stop learning - be the best that you can be.
I was just your average school student who passed his GCSEs with Cs and 1 B (Maths) and like many other young people, I left school with university as my vision. When I started college I began to understand more about apprenticeships and the chance to learn and develop skills, while also being paid...
Doing a Higher Apprenticeship in engineering at JCB has changed my life. I work as a design engineer four days a week, and study for an engineering degree one day. I have a salary, no student debt, and the support to pass my degree and become successful within the company.
Cutting the maintenance grant limits us financially, but it won't stop you doing what you want. Evaluate what you really want, and think about the different ways you can achieve it. There's probably a multitude of different ways that could work for you, just think carefully and pick the best one.
Our higher education system is experiencing a dramatic period of change: higher fees, technological advancements and the impact of Brexit are all shaping the sector into something unrecognisable to people who went to university only a decade or so ago.
In the 10 years since the Roundhouse reopened, youth unemployment has remained high and university fees have increased to an extraordinary level. However, we are also living in a time when the creative industries are flourishing.
Growing the numbers of apprenticeships in this country is an issue close to my heart. I remember when hiring staff in my own business, the most important thing I looked for on a CV was experience, not just paper qualifications. Being able to see the knowledge and expertise a young person has gained from learning on the job can really help a business find the right candidate for the role.
Apprenticeships mean putting true investment into an individual and then reaping the rewards of the contribution that they make. Businesses have the ability to shape an employee into a particular role, meaning that their company benefits in the areas where they need to most. We therefore urge small businesses to consider what role they can play within their organisations, as well as policy-makers to continue to smooth the pathway for companies bringing more apprentices into the system.
It is widely documented that we are making great strides to reduce long-term youth unemployment, but the success story we don't hear talked about so much is that there are now more young people than ever in education and training. That's more young people than ever getting the chance to earn a good living or gain the skills they need to succeed, no matter what their background - which is important for them and important for our country.
After recent years during in which budget announcements have seen some fairly brutal cuts take their toll on Further Education, it was something of a relief for the sector to emerge from Mr Osborne's speech to Parliament last week relatively unscathed on this occasion.