This event is part of the Fabian fringe at Labour party conference 2016, and is being held in partnership with Young Women’s Trust.
Since 2010, women apprentices have outnumbered men. As the total number of apprentices has almost tripled over the last 13 years, there has been a rapid growth in apprenticeship opportunities for young women. This should represent a massive success story.
Sadly, the headline figures mask a more complex picture. Many opportunities are being missed because dramatic occupational segregation by gender persists at the apprenticeship level.
Women comprise 94% of childcare apprentices but just under 4% of engineering apprentices.
Women receive lower pay than men; an average of £4.82 an hour compared with £5.854. Male apprentices get paid 21% more per hour, leaving women potentially over £2000 worse off per year.
Women are less likely to receive training as part of their apprenticeship - 7% of young women said they received no training at work, compared to 4% of young men. 23% received no training outside of work, compared to 12% of young men.
Women are more likely to be out of work at the end of their apprenticeship. 16% of women said that they were out of work, compared to 6% of men.
This event will therefore seek to identify and explore the issues affecting young women entering the workplace, examining how we can ensure work pays for young women.
Speakers include: Jess Phillips MP (Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley), Carole Easton (chief executive, Young Women's Trust), Abi Wilkinson (jounalist), Claire Hughes (advisory panel member, YWT). Chaired by Olivia Bailey (research director, Fabian Society).