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Caan 'gave own daughter a job'

The daughter of a Government adviser who called for parents to take a back seat when it comes to helping their children find jobs was employed at his private equity firm, it has emerged.

Entrepreneur James Caan said that it was important for parents to "let the child stand on his own two feet" and suggested they should only step in after "the child has tried everything" and still not found a job.

The former Dragon's Den panellist's website reveals Hanah Caan spent a year working at his private equity firm, Hamilton Bradshaw. In 2010 she joined the board of trustees at the James Caan Foundation, a charity set up to help the world's poorest communities.

Mr Caan, the Government's new social mobility tsar, told the Daily Telegraph: "You are trying to develop your child too; you don't want them to feel as though they don't have to make the effort," he said.

He also called for an end to the culture that means corporate doors are opened to young people simply because of who they know.

"I fully understand that parents would want to do the best for their children," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"But one of the things that I notice is that I don't think it's good to create a society where people get jobs based on who you know rather than what you can do."

Writing on his website, Mr Caan confirmed that his eldest daughter Jemma worked for a company he invested in but insisted she had faced a "rigorous" recruitment process.

The businessman said he was "no different" to other parents who wanted to help their children but said his role as an entrepreneur was to "raise awareness that businesses should open their doors to all".

He added: "When my daughter, Hanah, studied at university she worked across a number of internships in London and also interviewed at various businesses that were organised without any input from me. When she graduated, she volunteered in my, then, start-up business Hamilton Bradshaw. She later submitted her CV and interviewed for a graduate internship position within the business to enable her to follow a formal process."

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