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Call for Diversity in Apprenticeships

13 August 2012

Free, practical advice to help attract under-represented groups into Apprenticeships in science, engineering and technology is now available to employers.

The resource has been created by the organisation working towards gender equality in science, engineering and technology, UKRC-WISE, who were one of the partners in a National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), Diversity in Apprenticeships funded project.

This project involved working with major organisations in the energy sector, including the National Grid, British Gas and E.ON UK, to increase numbers of female, black and ethnic minority applicants into Apprenticeship programmes.

Kevin Dowd, Network Operations Manager at The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies states: “Skills shortages, an aging workforce profile and a decline in the overall number of school leavers are all key drivers behind the need to create a more diverse workforce within the energy sector. It also makes sound business sense to have a workforce that reflects its customer base – including women and ethnic minorities.”

The UKRC-WISE has extensive experience of supporting businesses and organisations in the recruitment and retention of women in science, engineering, construction and technology sector companies.

As a result of their work on the Diversity in Apprenticeships Project they have developed several online applications, including an interactive mentoring module for apprentices to work through and a downloadable mentee training manual.

Organisations and potential apprentices can also make use of an online interview module with videos outlining the benefits of Apprenticeships, and giving useful tips on getting through an interview.

Helen Wollaston, Director of UKRC-WISE, said: “We are seeing a lot of interest from organisations who want to recruit apprentices from more diverse backgrounds, but we need to get the message out to young people and their parents about the opportunities available. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to work with us on this important agenda.”

A free good practice guide can be downloaded from the UKRC website: www.theukrc.org
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