This report from the Young Women’s Trust highlights strong gender disparities in apprenticeships. 

Whilst the government has committed to delivering 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020, it is important for employers take action to ensure that take-up is diverse. This report shows that there are strong gender differences in different sectors, but progress towards balance is being made in female-dominated, but not male-dominated, sectors. Recommendations made include an emphasis on collection and publication of data and increasing availability of part-time apprenticeships.


  • Whilst female apprentices have outnumbered males since 2010, women are more likely to be found in the service sectors where pay, qualification levels and career prospects tend to be lower.
  • In traditionally male-dominated sectors, women’s progress has stalled, with the percentage of female engineering apprentices declining  from 4.6% in 2002 to 3.8% in 2014.
  • In traditionally female-dominated sectors there has been a progressive shift,  with the proportion of male apprentices rising from 2.9% in 2002 to 5.7% in 2014 in childcare, and  from 10.7% to 16.2% in health and social care.

To read more from the Young Women's Trust, visit their website