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Posted on 22/02/2018 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

Lack of part-time apprenticeships reduces access to women

Lack of part-time apprenticeships reduces access to women

A shortage of flexible and part-time apprenticeship programmes mean that people who are unable to work full time are missing out on training opportunities, according to a report.

Only one in 10 apprentices are contracted to work for less than 30 hours a week, according to a report published today by the Young Women’s Trust, the Trust for London, Timewise and the Learning and Work Institute, meaning many people took up low-skilled work instead.

It said the lack of part-time apprenticeships left many people – particularly women, disabled people, people with caring responsibilities and young people leaving the care system – unable to train or find work at all.

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The report found that a scarcity of flexible and part-time apprenticeships in sectors like engineering, IT and construction meant that women often opted for apprenticeships in lower-paid sectors such as social care and beauty.

The authors said this contributed to an apprentice gender pay gap of 8%.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the Young Women’s Trust discovered that 54% of employers would be willing to offer part-time apprenticeships, including 65% of employers in the public sector.

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