Covid-19 and Apprenticeship Policy for Ethnic Minority Young People

Kenneth Clark, Steve Nolan

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This briefing explores the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on apprenticeships policy and practice. Key points:

- 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.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBriefing paper
Media of outputtext
PublisherRunnymede Trust
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Publication series

NameRunnymede Trust/CoDE Covid-19 Briefings
PublisherRunnymede Trust/CoDE


  • apprenticeships
  • ethnic inequalities
  • young people
  • employment
  • covid 19
  • pandemic
  • apprenticeship policy


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