The 2016 Equality and Diversity in Apprenticeships Event

The 2016 Equality and Diversity in Apprenticeships Event

DATE: 9 June 2016

VENUE: The ARTZONE, 54-56 The Market Square, Edmonton Green, London N9 OTZ

The 2016 Equality and Diversity in Apprenticeships Event aims to promote and encourage equality and diversity in apprenticeships. Our keynote speakers will focus on the government’s goal to increase BAME apprentices by 20% by 2020 and discuss how employers, local authorities and government agencies and apprenticeship stakeholders can work in collaboration to increase the number of BAME apprentices.

The Challenge
People from ethnic minorities make up about 15% of the working-age population in England but continue to be under-represented in apprenticeships, being only 10% of all the people who start an apprenticeship. This proportion has remained static since 2010/11, even though around 25% of applications made via the central Apprenticeship Vacancies system were from BAME young people.

We are especially keen to target the digital media and technology industries, where black and ethnic minorities are seriously under-represented, as well as doing everything we can to enable talented BAME young people to benefit from the anticipated need for 750,000 skilled digital workers by 2017, with some 25,000 new digital jobs per year being created in London

We will also seek to encourage apprentice employers to improve the way in which they reflect the makeup of London’s population within their businesses by recruiting from the untapped pool of talented young people from diverse backgrounds.