Boris Johnson’s failing apprenticeship programme is entrenching London’s gender divide

Gender splits in London’s apprenticeships remain firmly entrenched, new analysis has revealed. Analysis of government data by Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney, showed that last year men dominated at all levels in London’s construction and engineering industries, whilst women continued to lead the field in health, education and retail. Ms McCartney accused Boris Johnson of being “completely culpable of failing to fix that divide”.

Analysis of Skills Funding Agency data has revealed that gender stereotypes continue to influence the male to female ratio of apprenticeships in industries which have traditionally been seen as ‘male’ or ‘female’. Ms McCartney’s analysis revealed that of 1,000 intermediate level construction apprenticeships in London in 2014/15, just 30 (3%) went to women. In engineering, the picture was equally bleak with women taking only 280 intermediate level apprenticeships of 2,810, accounting for just 10%, across the same period.

Men are also continuing to miss out in areas such as health and education, historically viewed as ‘female industries’. There were 5,810 intermediate level apprenticeships in health, public services and care last year, but just 1,020 (18%) went to male applicants.  In education, only 40 of 260 intermediate level apprenticeships went to men, accounting for 15%.

At an advanced level the gender split appears to be more extreme, with all higher level apprenticeships in London’s construction and engineering industries going solely to men last year.

Ms McCartney’s analysis comes after the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, conceded that he would miss his target to establish 250,000 apprenticeship starts by 2016. New government figures showed 142,340 apprenticeships have been created since the Mayor’s pledge in 2012, leaving him over 100,000 short of his target figure with just three months to go.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey, Joanne McCartney said:

“Apprenticeships in London are marred by a serious gender split and Boris Johnson is completely culpable of failing to fix that divide.

“Not only is the Mayor on course to miss his apprenticeships target by an embarrassingly long stretch but in eight years he’s stood back and allowed gender divides to become firmly entrenched.

“The Mayor’s negligence hasn’t only failed young people who have been left unable to carve out the career they’d hoped for, he’s allowed untapped skills to circle down the drain and robbed London’s industries of many potential benefits.

“Boris’ doing-nothingism will leave any new Mayor with an uphill battle to bridge the gender divide.”

ENDS

 

Notes

  •  A gender breakdown of apprenticeships for 2014/15 can be found in the table below:

 

Health, Public Services and Care 11,650 26%
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship 5,810 50%
Female 4,790 82%
Male 1,020 18%
Advanced Level Apprenticeship 5,170 44%
Female 4,370 85%
Male 810 16%
Higher Apprenticeship 660 6%
Female 520 79%
Male 140 21%
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies 4,330 10%
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship 2,810 65%
Female 280 10%
Male 2,530 90%
Advanced Level Apprenticeship 1,500 35%
Female 60 4%
Male 1,440 96%
Higher Apprenticeship 10 0%
Female * 0%
Male 10 100%
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment 1,250 3%
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship 1,000 80%
Female 30 3%
Male 970 97%
Advanced Level Apprenticeship 240 19%
Female 20 8%
Male 210 88%
Higher Apprenticeship 10 1%
Female * 0%
Male 10 100%
Retail and Commercial Enterprise 7,180 16%
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship 5,530 77%
Female 2,940 53%
Male 2,580 47%
Advanced Level Apprenticeship 1,640 23%
Female 1,030 63%
Male 610 37%
Higher Apprenticeship 20 0%
Female 10 50%
Male * 0%
Education and Training 850 2%
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship 260 31%
Female 220 85%
Male 40 15%
Advanced Level Apprenticeship 590 69%
Female 520 88%
Male 70 12%

 

 

  • A thorough gender breakdown of 2014/15 apprenticeships across all sectors can be found here. This data is taken from the Skills Funding Agency, found here.

 

  • Mayor Boris Johnson pledged that between 2012 and 2016 he would create 250,000 new apprenticeships in London.
  • There have been 142,340 apprenticeship starts in London since 2012. This data, from the Skills Funding Agency, is set out here and in the table below:

 

Mayoral Year Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1
Academic Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
2012/13 12370 9400 10420 12880 45070
2013/14 11080 8280 9380 11310 40050
2014/15 11380 9470 11560 13140 45550
2015/16 11670 11670
Total 34830 27150 31360 93340 142,340

 

  • Joanne McCartney AM is the London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey.