Men ‘more likely to take up apprenticeships’

CMI: Men are twice as likely to take up apprenticeships compared to women, according to new research.

Findings published by the City & Guilds Group revealed that a third of men were encouraged to start an apprenticeship in school, in order to help improve their career development. However, just 17 per cent of women were given the same advice.

The gender divide was also found in the 18 to 24 age group, with just 23 per cent of women encouraged to take up vocational training, compared to 32 per cent of men.

Men and women were also advised to pursue different career routes, with careers such as IT and engineering recommended to men, whereas nursing, career and teaching were promoted to women.

Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group said that apprenticeships “are not just for the boys”.

He added: “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.”

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