Apprenticeships for the few?

Apprenticeships are back on the rise, but only for middle-class kids. During the first quarter of the 2018-19 academic year the number of apprenticeships started rose 15.4% to 132,000. However, there is a worry that teenagers from poorer backgrounds are being blocked from starting degree apprenticeships.

A report from the Higher Education Commission described a “middle-class grab” of degree apprenticeships, after discovering that those living in deprived areas must travel up to 12 times as far as their wealthier counterparts to take them up.

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