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S5W-03010: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-00068 by Angela Constance on 29 June 2016 (Official Report, c. 10) and in light of its commitment to provide 30,000 modern apprenticeship places by 2020, whether it will provide an update on what steps it is taking to address occupational segregation.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 31 October 2016

Occupational Segregation is an area in which we are determined to make progress. We are taking action through Developing the Young Workforce agenda and the Scottish Funding Council. In addition to that we continue to support a range of actions including on family friendly flexible working, high quality and flexible childcare and funding for Equate, Career WISE and Close The Gap.

On 26 October 2016 I announced funding for the first stage of work to support women returners, awarding nearly £50,000 to Equate Scotland. Their Women Returners Project will help retrain women who have taken career breaks and get them back into work.

In addition to this Skills Development Scotland’s Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland sets out our aims to support more young people from diverse backgrounds to take up a Modern Apprenticeship There are gender-specific objectives in the Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships to:

Reduce gender stereotyping and gender segregation in career choices and occupational routes chosen by young people in education

Reduce gender segregation in Modern Apprenticeship frameworks

Apprenticeship areas where there are gender imbalances, for example in science, technology, engineering and maths and in childcare related apprenticeships will be tackled by the plan