Promoting gender equality and challenging stereotyping in education, training and skills development
A large number of occupations in the UK are dominated by one gender
more than the other
The reasons for this are wide and varied, and include limited and stereotyped careers advice, family expectations, the working patterns and typical hours associated with roles in the sector, access to vocational training and education, and social and cultural stereotypes about the kinds of work men and women are suited to.
Research* shows that job segregation by gender is one of the major causes of the gender pay gap. Although women make up 48% of the workforce, they tend to be concentrated in low-paid, low status occupations. Women are over-represented among the working poor, and this contributes to child poverty and hampers Wales’ economic growth
Agile Nation aims to address some of the causes of occupational segregation by challenging gender stereotyping and promoting gender equality in education, training and skills development
We work with schools to promote gender equality in their learning environments, and offer training to education professionals on promoting non-traditional opportunities to boys and girls. We also support the development of careers advice that encourages boys and girls to consider non-traditional job roles.
Agile Nation is also establishing partnerships with Sector Skills Councils to develop strategies for recruiting, retaining and supporting women’s progression in sectors where they are currently under-represented.
To find out more about our work in this area, please contact Ellie Harwood on 01443 824418, or email email@example.com
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* Research sources, available to view online as PDF
- House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee
'Jobs for the girls: The effect of occupational segregation on the gender pay gap'
Sixteenth Report of Session 2004–05
- Wales institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
'AN ANATOMY OF ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN WALES'
A report prepared on behalf of the Wales Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2011 - visit the EHRC Wales website