Parents should not use their influence to get their children jobs, the government’s social mobility tsar has said.

Dragons’ Den panellist James Caan said that young people should be encouraged to make their own way, and parents should only step in if their child has failed to secure employment after a year.

The newly-appointed social mobility tsar is also encouraging companies to run fair recruitment practices with explicit policies on work experience placements.

He said it was important that employees received remuneration for internships because it created ‘good discipline’ on both sides.

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