Smashing career stereotypes

We want to break down barriers to opportunities for young women, so they can smash career stereotypes and be anything they want to be.


All too often apprenticeships are not working for young women.

Young women are more likely than young men to do apprenticeships in a small number of low paid sectors, like child care or social care.

1 woman starts an apprenticeship in engineering for every 20 men, while 13 times as many women started an apprenticeship in childcare. An engineering apprentice earns on average £3000 a year more than a childcare apprentice.

Women continue to earn less for years after they complete their apprenticeship.

We want to see a flexible apprenticeship system that offers young women the best opportunities to be anything they want to be.

Read our research on apprenticeships

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Women in STEM

Meet Nia and Caroline, who tell us why they love working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and share advice for other young women who want to enter the field.

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Did you know?

  • Only 1 in 20 chief executives of FTSE 100 companies are women and none are women of colour.
  • Only a fifth of senior civil servants are women. Less than 5% of these roles are held by disabled people. There are no women of colour at this level.
  • Only a quarter of senior judges are women.

Explore the issues

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Building equal workplaces

Young women face discrimination at work every day. A third of young women have faced discrimination when looking for work or while working.