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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:
Percentage of total
Any other Asian Background
Any other Black/African/Caribbean Background
Any other ethnic group
Any other Mixed / multiple ethnic background
Any Other White Background
English / Welsh / Scottish / Northern Irish / British
Gypsy or Irish Traveller
White and Asian
White and Black African
White and Black Caribbean
1) Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten, whilst ‘*’ indicates a percentage of less that 0.5.
These figures are published and are available in the further education data library: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fe-data-library.