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1. Main facts and figures
between 2002/03 and 2016/17, the percentage of people from the Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups combined starting an apprenticeship increased from 5.3% to 11.2%
there were 6 times as many apprenticeship starts among people from the Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups in 2016/17 as there were in 2002/03, increasing from 8,900 to 55,300
total apprenticeship starts increased by nearly tripled over the same period, from 167,700 to 494,900
in 2016/17, 87.7% of people starting an apprenticeship were White, while people from White ethnic groups made up 84.8% of the general population of England
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.
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
Summary of Apprenticeship starts Number of apprenticeship starts by ethnicity over time Summary
3. Percentage of apprenticeship starts by ethnicity over time
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
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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 apprentice’s 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.
Data about apprentices’ demographics and the type of learning they're doing is used by ESFA to allocate funding. Ethnicity data is completed by the apprentice, and no adjustments are made by the learning provider. Data on apprentices 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 except in 2016/17 where numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100
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