Response to Education Committee report on apprenticeships

Monday 8 October 2018

YWT logoThe UK Parliament's Education Committee today published a report into how well apprenticeships are working: The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity. The report looks at the barriers that those from disadvantaged backgrounds face in starting apprenticeships, as well as examining the quality of current apprenticeship provision. 

Commenting, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

“We need more young people completing high-quality apprenticeships to plug the growing skills gap. But those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and especially women, are facing significant barriers to apprenticeships. Breaking down these barriers is crucial to business and the economy. 

“First, the Government must raise the apprentice minimum wage. Lots of young people tell us they can’t afford to do an apprenticeship; the £3.70 an hour minimum wage barely covers the bus to work, let alone bills and rent. 

“Second, much greater provision of part-time and flexible apprenticeships would particularly help young mothers and carers, who often have to balance care with work. 

“This would give young people and businesses the skills they need.” 


Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. The report can be viewed on the Committee’s website from 00.01 on Monday 8 October 2018,and is also available from the Houses of Parliament Shop (020 7219 3890).
  3. Young Women’s Trust research shows that gender divides in apprenticeships remain stark, with men being far more likely to enter industries like construction, engineering and IT, which give trainees higher pay, more training and better job prospects than women-dominated areas like beauty, care and administration. The charity’s report, Making Apprenticeships Work for Young Women, provides recommendations on how to support more women into STEM areas.
  4. Young Women’s Trust is calling for employers to offer part-time and flexible apprenticeships to help women with caring responsibilities into work, and to use positive action measures to help more women into male-dominated apprenticeships.
  5. For more information or to speak to a young woman apprentice, please contact Bex Bailey on or 07963018281.