Equality and diversity
Our aim is to develop a fair, inclusive and diverse environment in education.
In conjunction with policy colleagues at Department of Education, we use SFA learner data and other research, including emerging themes, to identify areas to target for improvement.
One of our current priorities is to increase the proportion of apprentices from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds by 20 per cent by 2020.
Further information about this is available at English Apprenticeships: our 2020 vision.
Equality data and projects
We produce annual data on participation and achievement rates (formerly known as success rates) of apprentices and adult learners by ethnicity, gender, learning difficulties and/or disabilities and age. The FE sector can use this data to implement strategies to address gaps at organisational level.
Between 2009 and 2015 we funded a vast array of small equality and diversity projects to help support the FE sector to advance equality. In the early years all the projects were about innovation. More recently we supported projects that could share and sustain good practice across the sector. Materials and resources produced are published and free to access and use.
We have commissioned research on a variety of topics in recent years.
Published SFA data, information and research
We use equality information, data and analysis from a wide range of sources to help us implement policy. We also commission research from time-to-time. Some key publications are:
FE data library: equality and diversity - participation and achievement rates of apprentices and adult learners by ethnicity, gender, disabilities and age
National success rates tables - headline achievement rates data including percentiles by ethnicity, gender and disabilities
Equality, diversity and inclusion grants - evaluation of equality and diversity grants given by the SFA to colleges and training organisations between 2010 and 2013 to develop the capacity of the sector to meet the public sector Equality Duty
Free access and use of resources, materials and case studies
We are keen for you to explore and make use of a range of free guides, tools, materials, videos and case studies to help advance your work on equality.
These items have been developed by FE colleges, other training organisations and our partners through the SFA’s equality and diversity funds.
Employer toolkit - for supporting accessible and inclusive apprenticeships
Embedding, sustaining and spreading good practice - the 29 equality and diversity projects funded in 2015
Themed webinars - recording of four themed webinars from autumn 2015
Equalities toolkit - information and resources from all the SFA funded equality and diversity projects funded from 2010 to 2015, and much more
Sources of other equality information
Other sources of information for interest include: