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S5W-19813: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to ensure equality of access to foundation apprenticeships.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 November 2018

Equality considerations have been embedded in the Skills Development Scotland commissioning process for Foundation Apprenticeships, with delivery partners required to detail the steps they will take to attract and support individuals from under-represented groups.

The Foundation Apprenticeships: Early Progress and Learning Insight Progress Report details participation statistics for Cohort 1 (2016-18) and Cohort 2 (2017-19) of the programme. The report shows the overall gender balance for Foundation Apprenticeship starts as: 50.3% male vs 49.7% female for Cohort 1; and, 46.3% male vs 53.7% female for Cohort 2.

From August this year, Skills Development Scotland will capture Foundation Apprenticeship data as part of the Apprenticeship Equality Action Plan. The five-year plan sets out a range of measures it will take to support equality of opportunity for all in apprenticeships.

In addition, Skills Development Scotland will continue to work with delivery partners for Foundation Apprenticeships to align activity in addressing gender imbalance in subject and career choice. Skills Development Scotland are also working closely with colleges and universities to join up any action to address gender imbalance as identified in their Gender Action Plans.