Tackling Inequities in Representation of Particular Groups in Apprenticeship Programmes

The aim of this project for the Learning and Skills Council was to undertake research to inform the development of critical mass pilots to tackle inequities in representation of particular groups in apprenticeship programmes.

The pilots were designed to offer additional support to assist in the attraction, retention and completion of apprenticeships. This might include the provision of mentors and other specific support recommended by the project, such as development of a talent pipeline to better identify potential apprentices from under-represented groups and actions to tackle structural and cultural barriers to apprenticeships faced by the targeted groups.

The groups targeted included potential apprentices with disabilities, those who would be gender atypical within an occupation, and those from minority ethnic groups. The research consisted of three elements: a literature review; an analysis of secondary data; and a series of interviews with expert informants.