Learning and Work Institute and Behavioural Insights Team investigates the success rate of apprenticeship applicants from BAME backgrounds

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In 2016 the Skills Funding Agency commissions Learning and Work Institute (L&W) and the Behavioural Insights Team to conduct research into using behavioural insights to increase the proportion of successful apprenticeship applicants from BAME backgrounds.

Individuals from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are currently underrepresented in apprenticeship start rate, making up only 10.6% of all those starting apprenticeship in 2014/15.

The research consists of statistical analysis of apprenticeship application data from the Find and apprenticeship website, along with interviewing providers and employers and a trial to test interventions aimed at helping applicants to be successful when applying for an apprenticeship.

The findings from this research have already provided a foundation for more research to be conducted on inclusive apprenticeships at L&W, with a number of research projects in the pipeline. 

Key findings from this research and the final report will be available in due course.