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Question: Are Females and Males treated the same in the World of Apprenticeships

Question: Are Females and Males treated the same in the World of Apprenticeships

Question: Are Females and Males treated the same in the World of Apprenticeships?

Do we want to make sure the image shown in the picture changes:

Are young women missing out at every stage of apprenticeships, including being underrepresented, achieving poorer outcomes and being paid less Do you agree of disagree

For every female apprentice working within engineering there are 25 male apprentices. In construction, there are 56 men to every woman; in plumbing, there are 74 men to every woman.

Sixty-five per cent of young female apprentices are concentrated in just five sectors, whereas the same proportion of young male apprentices work across 10 sectors. Furthermore, 16% of female apprentices said they were out of work after their apprenticeship, compared with 12% of men.

But the issue is worse for female apprentices: male apprentices earn as much as £2,000 more than women a year 

Progress is proving slow. At the current rate, the gender pay gap will still exist in 2063 – nearly 100 years after the Equal Pay Act was introduced

Why is the pay gap higher for apprentices? 

The pay gap is largely determined by the types of apprenticeships men and women do. Gender stereotypes make it difficult for many young women to enter male-dominated sectors like construction and engineering. Women are made to feel from a young age that these industries are more suited to men – and hiring managers often subconsciously think the same. If they do enter these sectors, women often face sexism comments or discrimination. So women tend to take up lower-paid apprenticeships in administration, care and beauty. Do you agree or disagree

Discouraging women from entering entire industries is not just bad for their bank balance, but for the whole economy. As demand for engineers and construction workers increases, employers say they are experiencing a skills shortage. Supporting young women to get the skills they need to meet this demand would help businesses and result in better paid jobs for many.

In April I will be holding a conference on this subject, if you would like to be involved sponsor etc please get in touch but in the first instance would be good to get your thoughts on the subject. lindsay@apprenticeships4england.com

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