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Larger businesses take on fewer apprentices from deprived backgrounds.


In 2015, there was less than a one percentage point difference in the share of apprentices from deprived backgrounds hired by SMEs and by large businesses. As of 2019, this gap has nearly quadrupled. In 2019/20 (i.e. after the pandemic started) 21.8% of apprentices in SMEs were from deprived communities, compared to 19.2% in large businesses.

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