Apprenticeships and Gender and Race Equality

While for many years there has been a policy focus on addressing under-representation in apprenticeships, progress is acknowledged to be slow. There is continued need to focus on inequalities to ensure that all young people can benefit from the excellent opportunities afforded by apprenticeships and find the best route in order to reach their potential. Achieving greater diversity in apprenticeships may also help to address occupational segregation, and alleviate differential pay rates.

This project for Unionlearn, incorporating a literature review, secondary data analysis and consultations with national and operational stakeholders, tracked where the barriers to apprenticeship set in for the two groups and explore how this affected their outcomes.