Apprenticeship toolkit

Hire the best talent

Getting the best apprentices means attracting the widest possible pool of candidates and ensuring that recruitment and selection procedures are geared to picking the most suitable for the job.

The government has set up an Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network to encourage more people from under-represented groups, including those with disabilities, women and members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, to consider apprenticeships.

There are many ways that digital tools can help promote equality and diversity in recruitment:

  • Use social media to profile inspiring role models for potential apprentices from under-represented groups
  • Use social media to promote inspiring stories that challenge employer stereotypes
  • Use Word documents instead of PDFs to help people who use assistive technologies
  • Digital forms can make it easier to anonymise applications
  • Availability of online learning helps apprentices with disabilities who find travel to provider premises a burden

The government feels that targeting employer recruitment practices will have the most impact and has produced useful resources that you can embed into your information, advice and guidance materials for employers:

  • The Equalities toolkit produced by The Learning and Work Institute includes case studies and resources form over 100 diversity projects funded by the former Skills Funding Agency
  • The Employer toolkit also produced by The Learning and Work Institute supports employers to recruit and support disabled apprentices. It includes hints, tips and case studies from both large and small employers