BTEG briefing: Ethnic minority young people and apprenticeships in England 

This briefing paper looks at disparities in access and distribution of apprenticeships and early employment opportunities amongst young people.

As a result of the findings raised in the briefing paper, key recommendations include:

  • The government should lead action with employers to tackle the continued
    under-representation of ethnic minority young people on apprenticeships in higher value
    sectors such as construction and engineering
  • A renewed drive is needed to create more apprenticeships in higher value sectors in London,
    along with pilot initiatives to test ways of supporting young Londoners to take up
    apprenticeship opportunities in high value sectors in other regions.
  • In order that disparities in apprenticeship application success rates can be tracked, the
    government should require all employers with 50+ employees to monitor and publish
    information about apprenticeship applications and appointments by age, gender and
  • A national review of take up of Jobcentre Plus services by ethnic minority young people is
    urgently needed, with action to address barriers deterring some communities from accessing
    employment support and opportunities only available through JCP.
  • The government should publish data on degree-level apprenticeships, with breakdowns in
    application, start and completion rates by gender, age and ethnicity.

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