- Despite some growth in the number of apprenticeship starts by ethnic minority learners, their representation relative to the secondary school population remains low.
- Much of the growth in apprenticeship starts in the past decade has been driven by older apprentices.
- Ethnic minority apprentices tend to favour certain sectors: health, public services and care; business, administration and law.
- White apprentices are more likely to complete the training than their counterparts from ethnic minorities in all sectors except for hospitality.
- Following the COVID-19 lockdown, vacancies for apprenticeships fell dramatically, including in those sectors favoured by ethnic minority learners.
- The government’s Kickstart programme runs the risk of undermining the push for greater ethnic minority representation in apprenticeships.