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Apprentices: Rural Areas

Department for Education written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Murphy of Torfaen Lord Murphy of Torfaen Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of those undertaking apprenticeships are from isolated communities, as defined in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, published on 14 March.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

A definition for ‘isolated communities’ is not available in the Communities Strategy green paper, and as such a percentage of apprenticeship starts for this cohort cannot be provided. However, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has set an action which builds on the proposal set out in March’s green paper to “use targeted local communications and community ambassadors, including employers, to ensure minority ethnic groups are applying, getting and completing apprenticeships, and that local employers are recruiting apprentices.” The government will respond to the consultation on the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper later this year.

The department does publish apprenticeship data on under-represented groups, and we have provided apprenticeship starts by a breakdown of detailed ethnicity to provide an alternative categorisation of cohorts which may fall under the ‘isolated communities’ definition. The table below provides apprenticeship starts broken down by detailed ethnicity from August 2017 to April 2018 as first reported for the 2017/18 academic year:

Detailed Ethnicity

Starts

Percentage of total

African

4,530

1.6%

Any other Asian Background

2,830

1.0%

Any other Black/African/Caribbean Background

1,760

0.6%

Any other ethnic group

2,000

0.7%

Any other Mixed / multiple ethnic background

2,020

0.7%

Any Other White Background

12,850

4.4%

Arab

320

*

Bangladeshi

1,930

0.7%

Caribbean

2,760

1.0%

Chinese

440

*

English / Welsh / Scottish / Northern Irish / British

239,480

82.4%

Gypsy or Irish Traveller

130

*

Indian

4,000

1.4%

Irish

1,090

*

Not Provided

5,070

1.7%

Pakistani

4,080

1.4%

White and Asian

1,430

0.5%

White and Black African

900

*

White and Black Caribbean

2,870

1.0%

Totals

290,470

100.0%

1) Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten, whilst ‘*’ indicates a percentage of less that 0.5.

2) The data source is the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).

These figures are published and are available in the further education data library: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fe-data-library.

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