ISG signs Young Women’s Trust’s apprenticeship pledge
ISG signs Young Women’s Trust’s pledge to improve apprenticeships for women
ISG, the global construction services company, has today signed the Young Women’s Trust pledge to help more young women into apprenticeships. As employers fear a skills gap will harm productivity across the UK, the charity will work with ISG to increase the number of young women joining its apprenticeship programme.
Young Women’s Trust, which supports young women on low or no pay, campaigns to improve apprenticeships for women and support those wanting to work in traditionally male-dominated sector.
For every woman starting a construction apprenticeship there are around 56 men – a figure that hasn’t changed in more than a decade.
Research by Young Women’s Trust shows that women apprentices earn on average 21 per cent less than men, receive less training and are represented in a narrower range of sectors. They are also more likely to be out of employment once they finish their apprenticeship.
Young Women’s Trust is helping companies to take positive action to make apprenticeships work for women.
Jane Falconer, Group HR Director at ISG, said: “We’re a dynamic company and the diversity of our workforce is hugely important to our business, ensuring we harness the skills and expertise of the most talented professionals in the industry. This is a great opportunity to further enhance our apprenticeship schemes and build on the work we do to ensure a fully inclusive apprenticeship experience for the best and the brightest. Working with Young Women’s Trust is another way that ISG can demonstrate that both our business, and the industry as a whole, is open and actively seeking to recruit many more women to ensure our workforce is much more reflective of society.”
Dr Carole Easton, Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive, said: “Unless companies are pro-active, women will remain under-represented in the construction sector.
“We are delighted that ISG has committed to hiring more young women apprentices and we look forward to working with them to make that a reality. The UK desperately needs more construction workers. Meeting that demand means welcoming more women into the sector.
“Small changes like adapting the language in job adverts to appeal to young women, explicitly welcoming women applicants and removing formal academic entry requirements for apprenticeships can make a big difference. Providing part-time and flexible apprenticeships would help young mothers in particular, who often have to balance care with work.”
ISG joins a growing number of companies signed up to the pledge, including Asda, Network Rail, Barclays, Balfour Beatty and Wates. Young Women’s Trust will work with employers to help them take the positive steps needed to increase the number of young women apprentices.
Notes to editor:
Young Women’s Trust’s polled 1,300 young people for its recent report “Making Apprenticeships Work for Young Women” and found that women apprentices earn on average 21 per cent less, receive less training and are more likely to be out of employment once they finish their apprenticeship compared to young men. One of the reasons for this is that young women are found doing apprenticeships in a much narrower range of sectors than their male counterparts.
- Young Women’s Trust’s pledge, which ISG has signed up to, says that employers will:
“Recognise the value of gender diversity and take action to increase the representation of young women in their apprenticeship programmes”
- The “Making Apprenticeships Work for Young Women” report makes a number of recommendations to employers and the government including:
- Positive action: Introducing diversity action plans and measures from employers which actively encourage the recruitment and retention of young women, including setting targets to increase the participation of women in targeted sectors, reserving places on training courses for women, mentoring schemes and reviewing language used in recruitment advertising to make more female friendly.
- Collecting and publishing apprenticeships data by employers including information about gender to increase transparency and accountability.
- Greater availability of flexible and part-time apprenticeships to allow for caring and other responsibilities, with renewed guidance from Government for employers on this.
- Increased pay and financial support for apprentices including childcare provision, on the same basis as other workers and the introduction of a single National Minimum Wage for all age groups regardless of apprenticeships status.
- The full report, “Making Apprenticeships Work for Young Women”, is available at:
About Young Women’s Trust
Young Women’s Trust (www.youngwomenstrust.org) 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. The charity offers free coaching and personalised advice on job applications, conducts research, runs campaigns and works with young women to build confidence and advocate for fair financial futures.
Notes to Editors
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