Published: 24th Jun 2020

The number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds starting apprenticeships has fallen by more than a third, according to the Social Mobility Commission. In a new report, the commission said there was a 36% decline in the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds starting apprenticeships in England between 2015 and 2018, compared with a 23% decline for more privileged apprentices. According to the report, the impact was even greater for older (aged 25+) and female apprentices. It also found that just 13% of degree-level apprenticeships have gone to apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds. And most disadvantaged apprenticeship starters came from three regions: north-west England (25%); the west midlands (15%); and London (15%). The report also found more than 80% of apprenticeships undertaken by learners from disadvantaged backgrounds are in enterprises in the services, health, education or public administration sectors. And around two thirds (63%) of apprenticeships are successfully completed by men from … (To read the full article, subscribe below)