Apprenticeships are one of the most powerful tools to enable social mobility and develop a talented workforce that can meet the challenges of the future.
But apprenticeships in England are not fulfilling this promise - apprentices from working class backgrounds face barriers at every stage, while organisations are missing out on talented people. The pandemic has only exacerbated these gaps.
We have heard from so many of you that you want to do your part to address this but don’t know where to start. So we have developed a practical toolkit to provide you with tips, effective actions, examples and further resources as you take your next step.
To launch this toolkit, we are delighted to be joined by an incredible panel of apprenticeship practitioners to explore some key challenges in this work - from how to find out someone’s socio-economic background to how you do innovative outreach and design fantastic progression opportunities for apprentices.
Alex Miles, Managing Director, North & West Yorkshire Learning Providers
Anna Morrison CBE, Director, Amazing Apprenticeships
Cassandra Flavius, Apprenticeship Ambassador
Kasim Choudhry, Creative Director, BAME Apprentice Network
Steven Cooper, CEO, Aldermore Group and Social Mobility Commission Co-chair
Jessica Oghenegweke, Director, Association of Apprentices and Social Mobility Commissioner (Chair)