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Exploring positive action as a tool to address under-representation in apprenticeships

Examines the use of positive action to address the under-representation of women, disabled people and ethnic minorities in apprenticeships across Great Britain. Outlines the context for the study and the methodology used, including a roundtable discussion involving experts in apprenticeships. Describes the development of apprenticeships and the issues around under-representation of certain groups. Considers the theoretical and legal framework around positive action, highlighting examples of ways in which it has been applied to apprenticeships in England, Scotland and Wales. Outlines work carried out by the Young Women's Trust in relation to apprenticeships in sectors where women are under-represented. Identifies the key themes for discussion at the roundtable, and presents conclusions and recommendations to support the greater use of positive action to encourage participation in apprenticeships by under-represented groups.


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Davies, Chantal
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Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

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