Why is this Apprenticeship Toolkit needed?
The number of women in STEM apprenticeships remains at shockingly low levels, despite the concerted efforts of employers and the 600 organisations working in STEM outreach. The percentage of women doing a STEM apprenticeship has remained static since 2012 with just 2% in construction; 3% in engineering and 10% in IT.
Research by Prudential in May 2017 shows just what an uphill battle we are facing. Six out of 10 school leavers believe apprenticeships are in sectors with mainly male workforces; one in three parents say apprenticeships are suited to boys; and female students think most opportunities are in nursing, healthcare and childcare.
Yet a few pockets of excellence show girls do want these apprenticeships – EDF is already managing to increase female STEM recruitment to around a third. It can be done.
With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and employers significantly scaling-up their apprenticeship programmes in 2017, with hiring expected to increase by 59%, now is the perfect time to use this Toolkit to bring talented women into your organisation through apprenticeships.
What does this Toolkit do?
This toolkit shares best practice, expertise and case studies of employers and our three organisations – covering how to ATTRACT, ENGAGE, SUPPORT and RETAIN women in STEM apprenticeships. And signposts you to the support, bespoke training and advice available from our organisations.
Let’s change the face of apprenticeships. Find out more about us here.
Women on STEM Apprenticeships 2015/16
While the number of women achieving a STEM apprenticeship has increased by 250 (6% growth on the previous year) the overall percentage has dropped. This is because the number of men has increased by just over 5,300, an increase of 10%. The number of women starting a STEM apprenticeship is more encouraging as there are 1240 more than the previous year.
Women are still only 8.1% of the total starting a STEM apprenticeship. Put another way, more than 9 out of 10 STEM apprentices are men.
Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE Campaign
"More and more women are choosing digital, scientific, engineering and construction apprenticeships. They love the work and are good at it. Use the Toolkit to access a bigger talent pool for your business."
Anne Watson, Chief Executive, Semta
"We have uncovered inspiring women doing great things in STEM and engineering, yet the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. This Toolkit will help you and the UK build a better balanced, more diverse, talented and productive workforce."
Nick Baveystock, Director General, Institution of Civil Engineers
"ICE sees many great women on civil engineering apprenticeships. Many more should take up those opportunities for themselves, for the engineering profession and for the benefits that engineering brings to the public. The Toolkit can help bring about that change."