Are girls being actively dissuaded from apprenticeships?

New research from the City & Guilds Group has uncovered that men are twice as likely to be encouraged to take an apprenticeship as women.

Over 2000 18-31-year-olds were questioned in the survey which found that a third of men were encouraged to take an apprenticeship in school, whereas only 17% of women received the same advice.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said: “With skills gaps blighting so many industries in the UK, alongside stubbornly high levels of youth unemployment, we should be worried if industries, or indeed different training programmes, are regarded as ‘male’ or ‘female’. This needs to change. Young people need to know about all of the career opportunities available, so that no career is closed off to them. Apprenticeships are available in so many industries – from horticulture to aerospace; animal care to social media. They’re certainly not ‘just for the boys’.”

Former apprentice Tiana Locker, who is now Apprentice Connect Ambassador at City & Guilds, said: “These research findings really resonate with my own experiences. At school, I was actively dissuaded from taking an apprenticeship and pushed towards university to study teaching. I would have benefited from more comprehensive careers advice during school, as in my experience they tended to fall back on outdated stereotypes. It’s definitely important that girls and boys understand the full range of career opportunities available to them.”