Friday, December 7th, 2018
Fiona and Jessica took part in a panel discussion this week, set up to challenge some of the most common myths surrounding apprenticeships. Organised by WhiteHat in partnership with Westminster Business Council, all sorts of issues were discussed including apprenticeship training, job roles, support, salary expectations and progression pathways, as well as looking at apprenticeships as a way of addressing Britain’s growing skills gap.
WhiteHat are a tech startup company that places non-graduates into apprenticeships at some of the UK’s most exciting companies, like Google and BP. WhiteHat believe that apprenticeships should be a real alternative to the university route, rivalling the learning experience at elite universities.
In their report, Building a Diversity Pipeline, WhiteHat analysed feedback from their apprentices and applicants, looking at how factors like age, gender, geography and ethnicity affect a candidate’s professional career outlook in order to help inform their strategies for creating a fairer playing field for the non-graduates they work with and to support companies looking to improve their diversity. An important message was that employers are realising that workplace diversity is an absolute necessity and not just a box ticking exercise as explained in these statistics from WhiteHat’s report for the event,
“A 2018 report by McKinsey found that businesses in the top quartile for gender diversity at an executive level were 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile. For ethnic and cultural diversity, there was a 33% likelihood of outperformance (McKinsey, Delivering through Diversity, January 2018). This shows that this is not a conversation that businesses can ignore.”
To find out more, you can download the full report here.