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Apprenticeships should work for women too!

Linda Simon, Kira Clarke

EDUCATION AND TRAINING | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Purpose: – The purpose of this paper is to explore some of the issues affecting successful employment outcomes for young women in male-dominated careers, focusing on those generally accessed via a traditional Australian apprenticeship model. Current patterns of participation in trades-based fields of education and training reinforce the highly gender segregated nature of the Australian Labour Force. Women are particularly under-represented in the large industries of construction, mining and utilities, where female employees account for only around 12, 15 and 23 per cent of employees, respectively, an issue of concern both in terms of increased economic participation of women and girls, and g..

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