Girls’ options narrow after GCSEs, says Young Women's Trust

By agency reporter
August 26, 2018

Responding to GCSE results, published on 23 August 2018, which saw similar numbers of girls and boys achieving good science and maths grades but far more boys than girls studying computing and ICT, Young Women’s Trust communications and campaigns director Joe Levenson said: “Girls are achieving fantastic grades in GCSE physics and maths but are not continuing with these subjects to A Level or through apprenticeships.

“This is because gender stereotypes, employer discrimination and a lack of support shut girls out.

"Encouraging more girls to take science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects to a higher level would help to plug the growing skills gap in industries like construction and engineering, boosting businesses and the economy. (

“Young Women’s Trust is calling on the Government to set national targets to get more women into apprenticeships in male-dominated sectors. We are asking employers to reach out to more women through women-only work experience, taster events, training days and mentoring. Much greater provision of part-time and flexible apprenticeships, too, would particularly help young mothers and carers, who often have to balance care with work, to start and stay in apprenticeships.”

* Young Women's Trust


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