Apprenticeships: equality and diversity

Detailing some of the resources available and our work to advance equality in apprenticeships.

We are committed to making apprenticeships inclusive and accessible to all.

A great deal has already been done towards this goal, but we know that barriers still remain, and that some groups remain under-represented or disadvantaged due to characteristics like their race, sex, disability, learning difficulty, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief.

Apprenticeship diversity champions network: communications toolkit

This toolkit gives employer diversity champions information to engage and inspire communities and other employers to make apprenticeships more diverse. It includes statistics, tips and case studies with a particular focus on increasing the proportion of apprentices from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Employer toolkit for inclusive and accessible apprenticeships

An employer toolkit is available to help employers support disabled apprentices.

It demonstrates the simple and cost-effective actions to make apprenticeship programmes open to disabled apprentices, and the business benefits that follow. Developed by NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) with large and small employers from Alan Cooper Cabinetmaker Ltd to Tottenham Hotspur FC and Barclays, the toolkit includes six case studies, and informative and inspiring videos.

Engaging individuals with LDD in workplace learning

Engaging people with learning difficulties and disabilities in workplace learning.

  1. Engaging individuals with LDD in workplace learning

    • Research and analysis

Evidence and data

We publish extensive data on participation and success rates of different groups in apprenticeships.

  • In 2013, Unionlearn published research on under-representation by gender and race in apprenticeships.

  • In 2012, the Apprenticeships Unit commissioned Creating an inclusive apprenticeship offer, an authoritative report of the data and evidence relating to participation and success of young people aged 16-24 who declare a learning difficulty and/or disability (LDD) in apprenticeships.

  1. Creating an inclusive apprenticeship offer

    • Research and analysis
  2. FE data library: equality and diversity

    • Statistical data set
  3. FE data library: apprenticeships

    • Statistical data set
Published 20 October 2014
Last updated 3 August 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added link to apprenticeship diversity champions network: communications toolkit.
  2. First published.