Gender disparity remains a significant issue in UK workplaces, with women less likely to participate in vocational training than men. Women are underrepresented in apprenticeships, particularly in sectors such as construction and engineering. Despite outnumbering men in Health, Public Services, and Care apprenticeships, women’s wages are consistently lower.

The gender pay gap is also evident in full-time employment, with women earning, on average, 19% less than their male counterparts. This disparity is even more pronounced among older workers, with women over 50 earning 27% less.

There is a need to address gender stereotypes that influence career choices from an early age, with girls often steered towards ‘female’ sectors. Encouraging girls to consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) could help to redress the balance.

Employers also have a role to play in promoting gender equality, by offering flexible working arrangements and ensuring fair pay. They should also strive to increase female representation in leadership roles.

The report highlights the importance of ongoing monitoring and evaluation to ensure progress in addressing gender inequality in the workplace.

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