One of the largest group training associations in the country, Training 2000, which has a branch in Nelson, has welcomed its greatest intake of female engineering students to date.
Thirteen girls aged 16-plus have started Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships throughout the North-West area this September. Currently only three per cent of professional construction engineers in the UK are women, which is the lowest in the EU.
ccording to researchers at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, by 2020 almost half of women will have a higher level academic or vocational qualification and will take two-thirds of all new highly-skilled jobs created in the next six years.
Training 2000’s CEO Steve Gray said:“Training 2000 is one of a number of education bodies which works hard to battle stereotypes that reduce young women’s career choices and we hope to create the female role models of the future.
“As chairman at Visions Learning Trust, I’m pleased that they too have a high level of female students choosing construction and engineering as subjects this year.
“However there is still progress to be made, as recent research by GirlGuiding UK has shown that 62 per cent of 11-21 year-old girls unfortunately believe STEM courses such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics are just for boys.”