Old fashioned views holding back girls in apprenticeships

A new report has suggested that outdated misconceptions about apprenticeships are in danger of costing school leavers career opportunities.

Prudential today published a report which found that 68% of 16 to 18-year-olds say they believe most apprenticeships were in male-dominated sectors such as construction, manufacturing and IT.

The research, which involved surveying 115 school leavers showed that 55% also thought the only apprenticeships available to women are in stereotypical “female roles” such as nursing, beauty and childcare.

These views were equally reflected by parents as one in three agreed that apprenticeships are more accessible to boys.

Katie Hutton, director of national training programmes at SDS, said: “This survey shines a light on a wider societal issue reflected throughout employment and in education, but for us there is no such thing as ‘jobs for boys and jobs for girls’.

“More than 10,500 young women started a Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland last year.

“There are outdated perceptions about traditional job roles in the wider labour market that influence people’s employment and educational subject choices.

“We aim to challenge stereotypes and provide new and innovative pathways into different, high-skilled sectors.”

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is hoping to challenge these views as it launches its modern apprenticeship equality action plan.

It sets out to highlight the wealth of opportunities available to both sexes and correct gender-imbalance and diversity issues in certain roles.