How ‘modern’ is the Modern Apprenticeship?

Thomson, Emily, Campbell, Jim and Mackay, Ailsa (2005) How ‘modern’ is the Modern Apprenticeship? Local Economy, 20 (3). 294 - 304. ISSN 0269 0942

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Despite the fact that some sectors of industry are facing major skills shortages, the Scottish labour market continues to be characterised by occupational segregation and a large disparity between the wages of women and men. The concentration of individuals in occupations and training based on their gender effectively restricts the pool of potential recruits to industry and is unlikely to make the best use of human capital. Moreover, it obstructs the pursuit of gender equality by reinforcing the gender pay gap and restricting individual career choices. This paper reports on the government's flagship training policy, the Modern Apprenticeship programme, from a gender perspective. It concludes that, ten years on from its introduction, the scheme represents something of a ‘missed opportunity' to tackle occupational segregation and its deleterious effects in the wider economy and in society at large. It is recommended that the government and organisations involved in the development and delivery of Modern Apprenticeships adopt a more conscious and cohesive approach to promoting non-traditional choices at the vocational level.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0269 0942
Additional Information: Emily Thomson now of Glasgow Caledonian University
Uncontrolled Keywords: Modern apprenticeship; training; gender; occupational segregation; Scotland
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Accounting, Economics and Statistics
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 338 Production
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2144
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 13 May 2008 09:56
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 15:10

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