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The Asian Apprenticeship Awards

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By Safaraz Ali, founder of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards, an event celebrating the growing involvement of British Asians in apprenticeships and workplace training.

Includes statistics of government targets and targets for BAME (black and ethnic minority) representation, as apprentices.

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The Asian Apprenticeship Awards

  1. 1. The Asian Apprenticeships Awards Safaraz Ali March 2017
  2. 2. Population Breakdown England 2011 Asian or Asian British Black or Black British British Mixed and Other White White (85.5%) 45,281,142 Asian or Asian British (7.8%) 4,143,403 Black or Black British (3.5%) 1,846,614 British Mixed and Other / Unknown (3.2%) 1,741,297 Total Population 53,012,456 British Indian (34%) 1,395,702 British Pakistani (27%) 1,112,282 Other BritishAsian (39%) 1,635,419
  3. 3. Apprenticeship Statistics: England 2015/16 Asian or Asian British Black or Black British British Mixed andOther / Unknown White • White (88.1%) 448,830 • Asian or Asian British (4.2%) 21,380 • Black or Black British (3.4%) 17,500 • British Mixed and Other / Unknown(4.3%) 21,690 Total Apprentices 509,400 Source: FE Data Library and House of Commons Briefing Paper, Number 06113, 21 November 2016 Apprenticeship Statistics: England
  4. 4. Apprentices take-up against Norm for the Population British Mixed / Other, 134% White, 103% Black or Black British, 97% Asian or Asian British, 54% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% 140% 160% Ethnicity
  5. 5. British Asians in Apprenticeships 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 Over the past 10 years, the up take of Apprenticeships by British Asians has increased from circa 4,680 to 21,380 Despite this, British Asians are falling behind with only 4.2% entering apprenticeships, which is 3.6% below a 54% shortfall from the expected. However this is not the full story!! * House of Commons Briefing Paper, Number 06113, 21 November 2016 Apprenticeship Statistics: England The growth of British Asians in Apprenticeships
  6. 6. Asian Apprentice Statistics • The British Asian population of England is growing faster than the overall population • More than one in three (36.5%) British Asians are under 15, compared with fewer than one in five whites (18.5%). • 58% of the demographics in a specific case of British Pakistanis in Birmingham are under 24 against 31.75% for White as a like for like comparison, this is depicted in the next two charts.
  7. 7. Age Pyramids of Pakistani British Asians in Birmingham MAPPING OF RACE AND POVERTY IN BIRMINGHAM Alessio Cangiano – ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS, University of Oxford)
  8. 8. Age Pyramids of Whites in Birmingham
  9. 9. University Statistics: England 2015/16 Asian or Asian British Black or Black British British Mixed and Other / Unknown White White (77%) 1,417,300 Asian or Asian British 10% 183,505 Black or Black Brtitish (7%) 122,150 British Mixed and Other / Unknown(6%) 119,360 Total Number at University 1,842,315 UK Domicile all years Source: www.hesa.ac.uk
  10. 10. University take-up against Norm for the Population However As before this is not the full story!! Because of the over representation of young demographic which will skew the numbers further. Asian or Asian British , 128% Black or Black British , 189% British Mixed and Other / Unkown, 203% White , 90% 0% 50% 100% 150% 200% 250% Ethnicity
  11. 11. Asians & University • Many mature British Asians see University or working for a family member the favourable choice with little thought for career planning. • With the introduction of Higher & Degree Apprenticeships; a great alternative to university, offering qualifications up to degree level, no tuition fees and the opportunity to earn while you learn.
  12. 12. Apprenticeships Take-up Ethnic Groups Unemployment Rate White 5% Asian 7%
  13. 13. Other Points for Discussion The removal of Uplifts under the new Apprenticeship funding rules for example in London will remove the driver for many providers to target areas that are most in need of support including those with high densities of British Asians There is therefore a growing problem of a growing young contingent within an underrepresented group, with low perceived value given to apprenticeship training. In addition to a misalignment of funding in relation to this underrepresented group. This leading to a polarisation of skills of those with either a University Education or those left in a Skills Trap.

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