Fall in apprenticeship starts a worrying trend, says Young Women's Trust

By agency reporter
July 15, 2018

The Young Women's Trust has responded to statistics on apprenticeship starts, published by the Department for Education on 12 July 2018 which show the overall number of starts has fallen in the past year.

The Trust’s communications and campaigns director Joe Levenson said: “Today’s figures show that the amount of people starting apprenticeships has fallen – with the biggest fall seeming to be among women, who are often shut out due to low pay, discrimination and gender stereotypes.

“As a result, the Government is at risk of missing its target to recruit three million apprentices by 2020. To reverse this worrying trend, we need more part-time and flexible apprenticeships to help young women balance work and caring responsibilities.

“The Government must also 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.  It’s time to make apprenticeships work for women.”

*More information on apprenticeship starts and levies can be downloaded here

* Young Women's Trust https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/

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