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1. Main facts and figures
in the 8 years to July 2019, the percentage of apprenticeships started by people from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups went up from 10.0% to 12.5%
the total number of apprenticeships started went down 520,580 to 393,380 (a 24% decrease)
the number of apprenticeships started by people from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups went down from 51,350 to 48,390 (a 6% decrease)
in the year ending July 2019, White people made up 87.5% of apprenticeship starts and 84.0% of the general population (based on 2018 estimates)
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data measures the number of times people started an apprenticeship programme, by ethnicity.
Each reporting period covers an academic year, which runs from 1 August to 31 July.
Percentages have been rounded to 1 decimal place. Numbers of apprenticeship starts are rounded to the nearest 10.
Not included in the data
The data does not include people whose ethnicity was unknown – this was 1.7% of apprenticeship starts in the academic year ending July 2019.
Numbers less than 5 have been suppressed. This is to protect people’s confidentiality.
The ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for 5 aggregated ethnic groups:
This means estimates are shown for these groups as a whole.
Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for this data.
Apprenticeships standards and the Apprenticeship Levy were introduced in the academic year ending in July 2018. This may have affected how many people started apprenticeships.
An apprentice starting more than one apprenticeship will be counted separately for each programme. For example, an apprentice starting an intermediate level apprenticeship, and then starting or transferring to an advanced level apprenticeship, will be counted as 2 starts. This can be within one academic year or across multiple academic years.
3. By ethnicity over time
|Year||Asian %||Asian Starts||Black %||Black Starts||Mixed %||Mixed Starts||White %||White Starts||Other %||Other Starts|
Summary of Apprenticeship starts By ethnicity over time Summary
4. By ethnicity compared with the overall population
|Ethnicity||Apprenticeship starts||Population (2018 estimate)|
Summary of Apprenticeship starts By ethnicity compared with the overall population Summary
5. By ethnicity and gender
|Ethnicity||All %||All Starts||Men %||Men Starts||Women %||Women Starts|
Summary of Apprenticeship starts By ethnicity and gender Summary
6. By ethnicity and age
|Ethnicity||All %||All Starts||Under 19 %||Under 19 Starts||19-24 %||19-24 Starts||25+ %||25+ Starts|
Summary of Apprenticeship starts By ethnicity and age Summary
7. 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.
8. Download the data
This file contains the following: Measure, Apprenticeship_level, Ethnicity, Ethnicity_type, Time, Time_type, Geography, Geography_type, Geography code, Gender, Age Bracket, Age Bracket Type, Denominator, Numerator and Value