Degree apprenticeships dominated by white students and those from more affluent areas, report finds

According to The Independent, white students from more affluent areas are more likely to do degree apprenticeships, report finds.

More needs to be done to ensure disadvantaged and underrepresented young people have access to degree apprenticeships, which combine paid work with study, the Office for Students (OfS) has said.

Only 13 per cent of young people who took up degree-level apprenticeships, which were launched to help widen access to higher education and fill skill gaps, were the most disadvantaged students.

The research from OfS, the higher education regulator, also found that 87 per cent of apprentices in programmes supported by the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund (DADF) were white.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OfS, said: “It is vital to widen opportunities for disadvantaged learners to access and succeed in degree apprenticeships, and there is further to go to encourage minority ethnic and disabled learners to follow this route.”

Separate research from social mobility charity the Sutton Trust found that degree-level apprentices can earn £50,000 more over a lifetime than a non-Russell Group graduate. 

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “It is worrying to see that those from advantaged backgrounds are more likely to access higher level apprenticeships than disadvantaged young people.  

He added: “Two-thirds of teachers advise their students not to opt for higher level apprenticeships. We need to do much more to turn this around. 

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  1. Anonymous

    Well, having been hounded out of university by an obsession with recruiting ‘disadvantaged’ students, what do you expect these white people to do?

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