YWT respond to Government's industrial strategy

Monday 23 January 2017

Commenting on the proposed expansion of vocational education, as part of the Government’s new industrial strategy, which will be unveiled today, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

YWT“Young Women’s Trust welcomes the proposed expansion of vocational education. Alongside increased funding, more must be done to support women into male-dominated areas like construction and engineering.

“At present, young women are shut out from these sectors and the UK is facing a skills gap. Equipping women with the skills to fill that gap would benefit women, businesses and the economy.

“We would like to see clear pathways made available to young women with low or no qualifications, so they can start apprenticeships and progress to the higher levels. Much greater provision of part-time and flexible apprenticeships would also help young mothers and carers in particular, who often have to balance care with work.”


Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 struggling to live on low or no pay in England and Wales and who are at risk of being trapped in poverty.
  2. Young Women’s Trust in 2016 released a report into apprenticeships, ‘Making Apprenticeships Work for Young Women’. The report found that:
    1. Women tend to work in fewer sectors than men.
    2. Women receive lower pay than men; an average of £4.82 an hour compared with £5.854. Male apprentices get paid 21% more per hour, leaving women potentially over £2000 worse off per year.
    3. Women are less likely to receive training as part of their apprenticeship. Young Women’s Trust polling with ComRes found that 7% of young women said they received no training at work, compared to 4% of young men. 23% received no training outside of work, compared to 12% of young men.
    4. Women are more likely to be out of work at the end of their apprenticeship. 16% of women said that they were out of work, compared to 6% of men.
    5. As the Government strives to meet its target of creating 3 million apprentices by the end of this parliament in 2020, action is required to prevent these trends becoming further entrenched. Apprenticeships need to serve young women better and enable the full labour market to benefit from young women’s talents.
  3. The full report can be found here
  4. Organisations are signing the Young Women’s Trust pledge to commit to improving gender diversity on their apprenticeship programmes. The pledge states that: “Our organisation recognises the value of gender diversity and will take action to increase the representation of young women in our apprenticeship programmes.”

For more information, please contact Bex Bailey on bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or 07963018281