Allow trainees part-time study
The letter (Write Back, December 29) from Michelle Mitchell and others calling for the opening up of professions to scrutiny to ensure they recruit the best applicants whatever their background needs to be considered against the massive hike in tuition fees.
Most professions these days are graduate-entry only. If the bright, underprivileged and poor decide not to go to university because of the cost, then this will be reflected in the workforce.
Professions should, in consultation with universities, look at 18-plus entry, with trainees being able to pass professional exams by part-time study.