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1. Main facts and figures
between 2002/03 and 2015/16, the percentage of ethnic minority learners (excluding White minorities) starting an apprenticeship increased from 5.3% to 10.5%
the number of apprenticeship starts across ethnic minority groups (excluding White minorities) grew by more than 6 times over the reported period, from 8,900 to 53,480
total apprenticeship starts increased by more than 3 times over the same period, from 167,700 to 509,400
in 2015, 10.5% of learners starting an apprenticeship were from an ethnic minority background (excluding White minorities), which is lower than their share of the overall population
The ethnic categories used in this data
Data from 2011/12 onwards has been classified using the 5 standardised ethnic groups based on the 2011 Census. Data collected before 2011 has been reclassified to the 2011 Census definitions. However it is not directly comparable with data from 2011/12 onwards because of the different methodology used.
The 5 categories used are:
- Asian/Asian British
- Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
- Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups
- Other ethnic group
2. Number of apprenticeship starts by ethnicity over time
|Year||All||Asian||Black||Mixed||White||Other||Unknown||Ethnic minority (excl. White minorities)|
Summary of Apprenticeship starts Number of apprenticeship starts by ethnicity over time Summary
3. Percentage of apprenticeship starts by ethnicity over time
|Year||Asian||Black||Mixed||White||Other||Unknown||Ethnic minority (excl. White minorities)|
Summary of Apprenticeship starts Percentage of apprenticeship starts by ethnicity over time Summary
4. Percentage of apprenticeship starts, compared with the overall population by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||Apprenticeship starts||Population (2015 estimate)|
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Summary of Apprenticeship starts Percentage of apprenticeship starts, compared with the overall population by ethnicity Summary
This data is based on the individualised learner record (ILR), which is submitted by further education (FE) providers to the ESFA.
The ILR uses administrative data collected about learners by FE providers.
Ethnicity data is completed by the learner, and no adjustments are made by the learning provider.
Data on learners that forms part of the Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP) is gathered from employers in the same format as the ILR and included in the ILR dataset.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Participant numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10 to avoid identification of individuals.
Numbers less than 5 have been suppressed.
Participant numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
Further technical information
All providers must send records for learners financed by Advanced Learner Loans. Training organisations are asked to send details of apprenticeships that are not funded by the ESFA where they are delivered within the terms of a ESFA contract.
For higher and degree level apprenticeships, higher education institutions must send an ILR return for all apprenticeship standards and for 16-18 apprenticeship frameworks.
Read more about the individual learning record (ILR).
6. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Education
Purpose of data source
Data about learners' demographics and their type of learning (including apprenticeships and apprenticeship aims) is used by Education and Skills Funding Agency to allocate funding for further education.
7. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, value, numerator and denominator