Participation in apprenticeships

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Last updated 4 March 2021 - see all updates

1. Main facts and figures

  • in the 8 years to July 2019, the percentage of apprentices from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other backgrounds went up from 9.7% to 11.8%
  • the total number of apprentices from Asian, Black, Mixed and Other backgrounds went up from 76,900 to 86,200
  • the total number of apprentices went down from 806,500 to 742,400
  • in the academic year ending July 2019, White people made up 88.2% of apprentices, and 84.0% of the general population (based on 2018 estimates)

2. Things you need to know

What the data measures

The data shows the number of people studying for one or more apprenticeship 'aim' (an individual learning module taken as part of an apprenticeship).

The data only includes people funded by the government.

Participant numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100. Percentages have been calculated using rounded numbers.

Not included in the data

Numbers less than 5 have not been included in the data. This is to protect people’s confidentiality and because the numbers involved are too small to make reliable generalisations.

The ethnic groups used in the data

Data is shown for 5 aggregated ethnic groups:

  • Asian
  • Black
  • Mixed
  • White
  • Other

This means estimates are shown for these groups as a whole. This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make any reliable conclusions about any of the 18 ethnic groups used in the 2011 Census.

The data does not include people whose ethnicity was not known. This was 1.4% of apprenticeship participants in the academic year ending July 2019.

Methodology

Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for the data on this page.

Someone studying more than one apprenticeship course with a single provider is counted once. Someone who studies with more than one provider in an academic year (1 August to 31 July) is counted as 2 or more participants.

3. By ethnicity over time

Percentage and number of people on apprenticeships, by ethnicity over time
Asian Black Mixed White Other
Year Asian % Asian Apprentices Black % Black Apprentices Mixed % Mixed Apprentices White % White Apprentices Other % Other Apprentices
2011/12 4.0 31,600 3.2 25,500 1.8 14,300 90.4 722,800 0.7 5,500
2012/13 3.8 32,800 3.3 28,500 1.9 16,200 90.3 776,200 0.7 6,000
2013/14 4.0 34,000 3.3 27,400 2.0 17,000 90.0 758,400 0.7 5,500
2014/15 4.3 37,000 3.4 29,500 2.1 18,300 89.5 773,400 0.7 5,900
2015/16 4.3 38,400 3.6 31,500 2.2 19,100 89.3 791,700 0.7 6,200
2016/17 4.4 39,300 3.7 33,000 2.2 19,700 89.0 801,200 0.8 6,900
2017/18 4.5 36,200 3.6 29,000 2.3 18,400 88.8 714,000 0.8 6,600
2018/19 5.0 36,700 3.5 25,300 2.5 18,600 88.2 645,700 0.8 5,600

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Summary of Participation in apprenticeships By ethnicity over time Summary

This data shows that:

  • in the 8 years to July 2019, the number of Asian apprentices went up from 31,600 to 36,700
  • the number of apprentices from Mixed ethnic backgrounds went up from 14,300 to 18,600
  • the number of White apprentices went down from 722,800 to 645,700
  • in the academic year ending July 2019, 88.2% of apprentices were White, compared with 88.8% the previous year
  • the percentage of apprentices from Asian and Mixed backgrounds went up compared with the previous year, while the percentage from Other backgrounds was the same

4. By ethnicity compared with the overall population

Percentage of people on apprenticeships, and percentage of the overall population, by ethnicity
Ethnicity Apprentices Population (2018 estimate)
% %
Asian 5.0 8.4
Black 3.5 3.8
Mixed 2.5 2.8
White 88.2 84.0
Other 0.8 1.1

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Summary of Participation in apprenticeships By ethnicity compared with the overall population Summary

This data shows that:

  • in the year ending July 2019, White people made up 88.2% of apprentices and 84.0% of the overall population (based on 2018 estimates)
  • Asian people made up 5.0% of apprentices and 8.4% of the overall population

5. Data sources

Source

Type of data

Administrative data

Type of statistic

National Statistics

Publisher

Department for Education

Publication frequency

Yearly

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.

Secondary source

Type of data

Survey data

Type of statistic

Official statistics

Publisher

Office for National Statistics

Note on corrections or updates

The source was updated on 06/09/2019 to incorporate 2018/19 data

Publication frequency

Ad-hoc

Purpose of data source

These estimates have been produced specifically for use as part of the Race Disparity Audit, following discussion with the Race Disparity Unit of their specific requirements and time-frame.

6. Download the data

Participation in apprenticeships - Spreadsheet (csv) 13 KB

This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, ethnicity_type, time, time_type, geography, geography type, geography_code, gender, age bracket, age bracket type, denominator, numerator, value