It seems that in general, businesses understand there is an issue with lack of talent and skills, but counterintuitively, many minority groups have been unable to access the real opportunities that apprentices can provide.
When it comes to specifically BAME apprenticeship opportunities, figures show that representation in apprenticeships is up, though there is still a long way to go in breaking down cultural barriers. Research shows there are also many applications from BAME students, but that these candidates are often not getting through the application process.
This appears to be because recruitment in some industries is quite often done via word of mouth and to succeed it’s about ‘who you know’, cutting out numbers of BAME applicants.
It seems even well-intentioned employers can sometimes be disconnected from an inclusive recruitment process. Agile approaches to entry-level recruitment are vital. A new generation of talent brings diversity, which can be turned into highly skilled employees.
Lifetime’s multi-channel approach to apprenticeship recruitment means that candidates are carefully shortlisted to make sure that no one is discriminated against. With our experienced team and wide online reach, opportunities are open to all.
As Patron members of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, Lifetime are able to seek advice and guidance on best practice and new ways of working to make sure our recruitment services are inclusive and work harder for the BAME community.
Isa Mutlib, CEO at BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, highlights the key role that apprenticeships play in overcoming social mobility barriers, saying