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Apprenticeships: The gender gap

Monday 14 March 2016 Further Education

Young women in apprenticeships are paid less than their male counterparts and are less likely to go on and gain employment, warns a new report from the Young Women’s Trust.

The report, Making Apprenticeships Work For Young Women, has been launched to coincide with National Apprenticeships Week and is being promoted on #WomensApprentices.

Its major findings include the fact that women apprentices are paid £2,000 a year less than men.

They also found a huge disparity in numbers of women apprentices in sectors like engineering (25:1), construction (56:1) and plumbing (74:1), and in many sectors these figures are worse than ten years ago.

16 per cent of women were left out of work following their apprenticeships, compared to six per cent of men.

Dr Carole Easton, chief executive of Young Women’s Trust, said: “I very much hope that everyone, particularly employers and the government, will now take the action Young Women’s Trust recommends to ensure the gender gap in apprenticeships soon becomes a thing of the past.”

The report includes recommendations for addressing the issue, including positive action, greater transparency, greater flexibility and increased support in areas like childcare.

The full report can be read here, an abbreviated two-pager can be read here, and more information on the Young Women’s Trust can be found on their website.