Skills minister Anne Milton MP today joined Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and representatives from Birmingham, Leicester, London and Manchester to launch the government's Apprenticeship Diversity Hub project.
The pilot scheme is designed to broaden the appeal of apprenticeships to more diverse audiences across social and racial divides.
Rees said: "For businesses to be at the cutting edge of their industries, they need a wide range of different perspectives, which is why it is so important to have a diverse workforce. This must start from the grass-roots up and apprenticeships are a key route in, so by getting a wide range of different people into these roles then ultimately the whole city could benefit.
"We've got some fantastic employers in Bristol and the surrounding areas already helping in the challenge to make Bristol a more equal place to live and work."
During her visit Milton heard about each city's progress, with Bristol WORKS – an initiative set up to match schools and young people with employers and training to make sure all students can experience work – highlighted as an early success.
In the last school year, almost 2,500 opportunities were created through the Bristol WORKS project, with BAME candidates, care leavers and disabled people making up a quarter of new recruits since April 2018.
Milton added: "The energy and passion from the Bristol team is amazing. It's through this work that whatever your age, whatever your background there will be an apprenticeship out there for you."
Property consultancy firm JLL has predicted more than 2,000 new build-to-rent apartments could be created in Bristol by 2021.