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Report highlights progress in promoting diversity in apprenticeships

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Wales is making good progress in addressing barriers to apprenticeships for learners from black and minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities, according to a report published this month by Estyn.
Thursday 29 October 2015

In 2013, Education Minister, Huw Lewis asked Estyn to conduct a two year thematic review of equality issues relating to the Apprenticeship programme in Wales.  The review was to consider engagement and participation barriers facing black, minority ethnic (BME) and disabled groups and to identify good practice models.  

The first of two reports was published in November 2014. It identified the barriers that prevent learners from BME communities and those with disabilities from engaging in apprenticeship programmes. Following the report the Welsh Government carried out a campaign to identify areas of good practice . The findings from this campaign will be disseminated across Wales.

The second report, ‘Breaking down barriers to apprenticeships' published last week, highlights a number of examples of good practice in promoting diversity in apprenticeships. It also provides examples of joint working between providers, employers and communities to achieve diversity in apprenticeships.

Deputy Minister, Julie James visited FirstSource Solutions in Cardiff Bay today, where she welcomed the findings of the report and committed the Welsh Government to sharing the best practice identified in the report among providers of Work Based Learning.

Firstsource Solutions is a provider of business process outsourcing services with headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.  In March 2015, Firstsource Solutions won a total of three prizes at the Welsh Contact Centre Awards including the award of Most Diverse Workplace.

The Deputy Minister said:

“We are hugely proud of our Apprenticeship programme here in Wales which is providing individuals with the opportunity to develop valuable skills and ensuring our future workforce is equipped with the tools to prosper in the economy of the future.

“We are committed though, to ensuring that everyone is able to experience the many benefits that apprenticeships have to offer, regardless of their background which is why we commissioned this report by Estyn.

“We welcome Estyn’s report which is broadly positive and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure the recommendations are addressed.

“We will now press ahead with sharing good practice models on recruitment and continue to demonstrate the positive benefits to employers of having a more inclusive and diverse workforce”.

The report can be accessed here: http://www.estyn.gov.wales/sites/default/files/documents/Breaking down barriers to apprenticeship.pdf 

 

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