How do we increase apprenticeship participation in sectors employing low numbers of ethnic minority people?. Sarah Webster Corporate Relations and Employment Manager. Introduction. What is the national landscape? Who are City Gateway and what do we do?
How do we increase apprenticeship participation in sectors employing low numbers of ethnic minority people?
Corporate Relations and Employment Manager
The National Picture
National Apprenticeship Report
People from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities make up:
42% of the population of London
30% of people who start Apprenticeships in London
11% of the population of England
6% of people who start Apprenticeships in England
Tower Hamlets and City Gateway
Pathways onto apprenticeships
1) Working with schools, support workers, careers advisors and parents
2) Providing pre apprenticeship programmes that prepare young people for employment
3) Train candidates in the application processes, relevant to their industry, giving additional emphasis on less traditional industries
4) Investment by firms in insight days, talks and mentoring
How do we remove barriers from employers recruitment processes?
Supporting BAME apprentices to succeed
Cultural change moves slowly – but success is critical for more ethnic minority apprentices to enter industries over time
Supporting the apprentice and the employer throughout the first 6 months to a year ensures much higher retention and success rates