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The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) was launched in launched in July 2016 to help promote diversity within apprenticeships. The network of 23 employers includes organisations such as Roll Royce, BBC, BAE Systems and a number of small and medium sized employers.

The Network has been established to champion apprenticeships and diversity amongst employers and encourage more people from underrepresented groups, including those with disabilities, women and members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities to consider apprenticeships. The Network will also build on the recommendations from the Maynard taskforce, which focused on issues faced by people with disabilities. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-improving-access-for-people-with-learning-disabilities/paul-maynard-taskforce-recommendations).

The network will support the government’s commitment to increase the proportion of apprenticeship starts by people from BAME backgrounds by 20% by 2020.

Unfortunately there are no targets related to age and promoting apprenticeships with older people. Some employers do, however, demonstrate a sound commitment to promoting apprenticeships to people of all ages. Barclays - http://joinus.barclays.com/emea/apprenticeships/

Click here to find out more about the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network