Apprenticeships seen as a “man’s world” by young people and parents


Parents are twice as likely to advise boys to take on an apprenticeship compared to girls, new research from British Gas has revealed.

22% of parents would encourage their son to take on an apprenticeship while only 12% of parents would give the same advice to their daughter.

In an independent survey polling teens and parents, more than a third of UK parents (35%) admitted offering their children differing career advice depending on their gender. The result of the discrepancy is that only one girl in ten across the UK sees an apprenticeship as a viable option for themselves. Yet more than twice as many teenage boys (22%) are keen to go straight from school into an apprenticeship scheme.

Claire Miles, Managing Director for Service & Repair at British Gas, said: “It’s clear from this research that apprenticeships are still regarded as something of a man’s world among young people. That’s behind the times! Despite the rising popularity of apprenticeships, we’re disappointed that more girls aren’t benefiting from this career option.

“Apprenticeships are a great way into an organisation. A British Gas apprenticeship allows you to earn while you learn and encourages you to develop skills for life. I’d encourage all girls thinking about their future career, or looking for employment, to consider an apprenticeship.”

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About Paul Champion

Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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