Young Apprenticeships

Equal Opportunities

Newton B, Miller L, Akroyd K, Tuohy S | Report 428 | Institute for Employment Studies | May 2006

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In September 2004, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) established Young Apprenticeships.

By introducing a new vocational route for 14 to 16 year olds, DfES sought to address occupational segregation and encourage young people to consider non-traditional options.

Following the Equal Opportunities Commission's concern that greater and earlier vocationalism might lead to more, rather than fewer, gender-stereotyped curriculum choices, DfES commissioned this research in order to evaluate how equal opportunities for young apprenticeships were being addressed in practice and to assess early signs of impact.

The report focuses on capturing current examples of good practice.