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Unpicking the Barriers to Diversity in Engineering Apprenticeships.

Humphries-Smith, T., Hunt, C. and White, M., 2019. Unpicking the Barriers to Diversity in Engineering Apprenticeships. In: International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019), 12--13 September 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

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DOI: 10.35199/epde2019.97


The study reported in this paper investigated some of the barriers to increasing diversity in those taking up engineering apprenticeships. Specifically, the papers report an investigation of progression opportunities for level 2 and 3 engineering design apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds studying on the south coast of the UK. The outcome of the investigation lead to a series of interventions being made with both the companies employing apprentices and the section of the local Further Education college responsible for recruitment for all engineering apprentices in the local area. The impact of the study has led to a significant increase (from 11% to 26%) of apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds entering level 2 technical qualifications in Sept 2017 which provide them with progression opportunities to Higher Education at level 4 and beyond. The interventions also lead a raising of awareness of the imbalance of backgrounds of students. This has led to a more systemised and rigorous approach to career/progression pathway advice to apprenticeship applicants within the college.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Apprenticeships, Engineering, Diversity, Skills Shortages, Widening Participation
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:32778
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Sep 2019 09:11
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:17


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