How British Gas Are Working To Get More Girls Into ApprenticeshipsPosted: 12th of March 2015 by
Research by British Gas has shown that the parents of boys are twice as likely to advise their children to take an apprenticeship compared to girls. Indeed, the research has shown that only 1 in 10 girls see an apprenticeship as a viable option after leaving school or college. The report has also shown that half of all teenage girls are getting unhelpful careers advice - so British gas felt it was time to act and improve things.
The research showed that 22% of parents would encourage a boy to take an apprenticeship as compared to just 12% with girls. This advice must surely be having a bearing on the imbalance between the number of male and female apprentices. This discrepancy has been felt by British gas themselves, who reported that just 4% of the applicants for their 2014 competitive technical and engineering apprenticeship schemes were female.
Claire Miles, Managing Director for Service & Repair at British Gas, spoke on the gender imbalance, saying, “It’s clear from this research that apprenticeships are still regarded as something of a man’s world among young people,” adding, “we’re disappointed that more girls aren’t benefiting from this career option.”
The research, which was compiled from a survey of 1,500 parents and 2,000 young people aged between 15 and 22, also found that careers advice for both girls and boys was somewhat lacking in quality, with 49% of girls and 44& of boys complaining of having received unhelpful advice. This has led to many young people being forced to make their choices without the proper guidance or information.
Fighting back against this, British Gas are already rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted as a provider of apprenticeships, with more than 1,200 apprentices training across the UK. Plus, with a £21 million investment in training their engineers and apprentices in 2014 alone, it is clear that they are serious about apprenticeships!
Claire Miles continued, “Apprenticeships are a great way into an organisation,” stating, “I’d encourage all girls thinking about their future career, or looking for employment, to consider an apprenticeship.”
One such girl who did find her way into an apprenticeship at British gas was Natalie from Orpington in Kent, who revealed, “The whole experience has been very liberating, as back in school I remember being steered away from the science and technology subjects because I was a girl. I think times have changed since then and people have realised that there’s absolutely no reason why women can’t do technical jobs.”
Natalie went on, “Personally, I love to see women on television or in the media in very practical roles and I’d love to inspire young women not to be afraid to follow their passions, even if it takes them into a traditionally male-dominated field.”
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