Apprenticeships seen as a “man’s world” by young people and parents

Parents are twice as likely to advise boys to take on an apprenticeship compared to girls, new research from British Gas has revealed.

22% of parents would encourage their son to take on an apprenticeship while only 12% of parents would give the same advice to their daughter.

In an independent survey polling teens and parents, more than a third of UK parents (35%) admitted offering their children differing career advice depending on their gender. The result of the discrepancy is that only one girl in ten across the UK sees an apprenticeship as a viable option for themselves. Yet more than twice as many teenage boys (22%) are keen to go straight from school into an apprenticeship scheme.

Claire Miles, Managing Director for Service & Repair at British Gas, said: “It’s clear from this research that apprenticeships are still regarded as something of a man’s world among young people. That’s behind the times! Despite the rising popularity of apprenticeships, we’re disappointed that more girls aren’t benefiting from this career option.

“Apprenticeships are a great way into an organisation. A British Gas apprenticeship allows you to earn while you learn and encourages you to develop skills for life. I’d encourage all girls thinking about their future career, or looking for employment, to consider an apprenticeship.”