Only 13% of young people who took up degree-level apprenticeships were the most disadvantaged students. Meanwhile 28 %of young people from the most advantaged areas undertook a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship.
As apprenticeships which were launched to help widen access to higher education and fill skill gaps much more needs to be done to ensure disadvantaged and underrepresented young people have access to degree apprenticeships.
Employers need to be aware of this when promoting degree apprenticeship opportunities. How? Build a tailored recruitment marketing strategy to reach and appeal to a broad section of young people.
Degree apprenticeships still aren't well known or understood by students. Our own research and interviews with current degree apprentices revealed that the majority "found it by mistake" [Maia, HR Degree Apprentice, London].
More needs to be done to ensure disadvantaged and underrepresented young people have access to degree apprenticeships, which combine paid work with study