Equality at Work? Positive Action in Gender-segregated Apprenticeships


Young Women's Trust

Publication date: 

24th Jun 2018

Young Women's Trust chas ommissioned Professor Chantal Davies of the University of Chester to carry out research into the use of Positive Action, with a special focus on its use in apprenticeships within engineering, construction and IT. 

Read Equality at work? Positive Action in gender segregated apprenticeships - Summary report

Our research suggests that Positive Action is being chronically under-utilised, which in turn is acting as a barrier to addressing the under-representation of women in key sectors within apprenticeships and beyond. 

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We propose the following recommendations:

1) Employers should make greater use of Positive Action to recruit women apprentices in sectors where they are under-represented

2) Sector bodies should be promoting Positive Action, providing greater clarity and cohesion

3) Government should visibly support publicise and promote the use of effective and robust Positive Action to address women's under-representation in apprenticeships