York Consulting, in association with PATH Yorkshire, was commissioned by Leeds City Council and Bradford Council to undertake research into the low participation in apprenticeships by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young people.

Objectives of the research were to determine the awareness and perceptions of apprenticeships among BAME young people, the challenges BAME young people perceive and have faced; and make recommendations to the councils on how to increase the participation of BAME young people in the Apprenticeship Programmes.

York Consulting and PATH Yorkshire spoke to over 70 organisations, including schools, colleges and community groups. There were 19 focus groups organised with 134 young people, in addition to ten stakeholder interviews. The focus groups were balanced between Leeds and Bradford.