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In 2018/19 the mix of male and female learners has changed in comparison to the previous year. The percentage of female learners is higher than last year in the 19+ cohort, although there are similar numbers of 16-18 female apprentices. It is good to see this increasing, particularly in some of our technical subjects such as modern construction methodologies. However the College will continue to work with schools to drive up female engagement in these important careers, supported by the introduction of the Institute of Technology (opening in 2021).
Their ethnicity profile shows our Apprenticeship learners as a group are broadly representative of the communities that we serve. It is good to see an increase in learners from non-white groups, however our apprentices are less diverse than learners on other college provision (such as full time learners). There are some small differences in achievement between ethnic groups, this is particularly seen in those groups identified as black adults. The college will work hard to ensure intervention is in place to narrow the gap of achievement for this group.
We were pleased to support 395 apprentices with learning difficulties or disabilities in 2018/19, which is an increase from the previous year. The college delivers support to these learners using a dedicated Apprenticeship support team and this has always led to strong achievement rates. We have continued to focus on ensuring this support programme meets individual needs and are exploring effective ways of delivering this to learners based away from the College campus for their training.