Opening Doors to Apprenticeships: Reflecting on ways forward is the second of two linked publications, following on from Opening doors to Apprenticeships: Setting the Scene.
This report considers the practical next steps that need to be taken in order to better understand disadvantage and/or disengagement from apprenticeships, to raise awareness, to create more effective pre-apprenticeship routes, and to improve employer engagement.
Nine local authority case studies supplement this paper including the three Pathfinder authorities. They detail the initiatives and approaches being taken to support access to apprenticeships for disadvantaged and/or disengaged young people.
It is often the case that young people with potentially most to gain from the apprenticeship route are those who experience the greatest barriers to access. This report highlights how the Apprenticeship Pathfinder, alongside the experience of the local authorities highlighted in the case studies, shed light on new and innovative approaches in ‘opening doors’ to apprenticeships.