To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
(1) what proportion of people starting apprenticeship schemes have been from an ethnic minority background since 1997;
(2) what proportion of people starting apprenticeship schemes in each year since 1997 were (a) male and (b) female.
Information on the number of apprenticeship starts is published in a quarterly statistical first release (SFR). The latest SFR was published on
Supplementary table 6.1 shows apprenticeship starts (number and percentage) by gender and ethnic group. This table includes data for 2003/04 onwards, the earliest year for which comparable information is available.