Women in male-dominated sectors

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/1290
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What action have you taken to increase the number of women apprentices in male-dominated sectors such as construction?

Answer

Answer for Women in male-dominated sectors

Answer for Women in male-dominated sectors

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am keen to ensure that all Londoners regardless of their sex are given the opportunity to start an apprenticeship in whatever field they choose. As such, I have launched a number of initiatives over my time in office in an effort to increase the number of women starting apprenticeships in sectors which are traditionally male dominated; a recent example exists in the new Digital Talent Programme that will specifically promote courses and apprenticeships in the creative, digital and technology sectors to women.

Furthermore, in an effort to address the underrepresentation of women in the transport industry, TfL have introduced the '100 Years of Women in Transport programme' which seeks to showcase the significant contribution women have made and continue to make to the transport industry, drawing from examples from the past as well as from the present to inspire more women to join the transport workforce.