Nicola Woolcock cites Sutton Trust research on apprenticeships in an article for The Times.
Middle-class teenagers and older people are snapping up the best apprenticeships, particularly those at higher levels, a report has said. It raises concerns that the government’s target of creating three million more apprenticeships by 2020 will not improve social mobility.
The Sutton Trust report found that less than a quarter of young people starting an apprenticeship at level 2, equivalent to GCSE, progressed to level 3. About one in 14 of young men and one in 10 young women eligible for free school meals, took up an apprenticeship compared with one in seven of the cohort overall, it said.
Two fifths of the three million new apprenticeships that the government wants to create are on track to be taken by adults, it added.
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