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Degree apprenticeships ‘being captured by middle class’

Disadvantaged students are losing out to their better-off peers when it comes to taking degree apprenticeships, the Office for Students has said.

In a briefing note, the regulator said that in 2016-17, only 13 per cent of those taking a degree-level apprenticeship were from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, while 28 per cent were from the most advantaged areas of England. Degree apprenticeships are included in level six and seven apprenticeships. 

“Degree apprenticeships have the potential to make a big difference to students and employers across the country, and to give a real boost to local and regional economies,” said OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge.

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