By increasing the number of female role models in non-traditional sectors we can tackle gender segregation in apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are a crucial element of the skills agenda. They offer a valuable alternative to University and the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge our economy needs.
This year’s National Apprenticeship Week is highlighting how an apprenticeship can take you anywhere and offers young people, entrepreneurs and businesses the opportunity to rise to the top.
However, girls are still much less likely to take an apprenticeship in engineering or construction, or manufacturing.
This is a result of boys and girls still following very traditional career routes within apprenticeships.
This has been recognised by Welsh Government and they remain committed to addressing the underlying causes of this segregation.
The causes are wide ranging but at the core is a continued belief that some jobs are better suited to men and others are better suited to women.
Working to overcome these gendered perceptions throughout society will help to address the segregation evident in apprenticeship choices.
A key part of this has to be increasing the number of women working in non-traditional sectors and the number of women in leadership positions in these sectors.
Agile Nation 2.
To help achieve this Chwarae Teg is working with the nine priority sectors in Wales1, many of which would be considered as non-traditional for women, as part of our Agile Nation 2 project.
Funded by the European Social Fund and Welsh Government, this project is supporting women to move into leadership positions and supporting businesses to develop workplace cultures that enable everyone to reach their full potential.
By doing so we hope to see a positive impact on the gender pay gap but also demonstrate that no sector is off limits to women.
1The priority sectors are:- Advanced Materials and Manufacturing; Construction; Creative Industries; Energy and Environment; Financial and Professional Services; Food and Farming; ICT; Life Sciences; and Tourism.
By Natasha Davies. Twitter: @daviesna2.