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Girls just want….to have apprenticeships too!

Posted by | 29th May 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

New research from Scottish Gas has revealed that parents in Aberdeen are three times more likely to advise boys to take on an apprenticeship compared to girls.

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, an independent national survey polling teens and parents found that just over four in ten (43%) parents in Aberdeen admitted offering their children differing career advice depending on their gender.

Only 17% of teenage girls in Aberdeen view a work based qualification like an apprenticeship as an essential for their future careers. Yet a quarter of teenage boys (25%) consider this type of qualification to be important.

Scottish Gas, which has trained 500 apprentices from across Scotland since opening the doors to its academy in Hamilton five years ago, is urging more girls to consider an apprenticeship.

Explaining this rally to young women, the company said in 2014 only 3.3% of applicants for its competitive technical and engineering apprenticeship schemes were female.

John Lochrie, former Scottish Gas apprentice and now operations director for HomeCare Services at Scottish Gas, said: “It’s clear from this research that apprenticeships are still regarded as something of a man’s world among young people.

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