Women apprentices are starting to get hands on

The number of women in apprenticeships in Ireland is rising, but we are still lagging behind Europe. Efforts are now being made to change that

21st April, 2019
Samantha Kao is an apprentice mechanic with Bus Éireann: ‘There’s a tool for every job and you’re never left on your own. You’re never expected to lift something you can’t manage’ Pictures: Barry Cronin

Just 4 per cent of the people in apprenticeships in Ireland are women. While this represents a significant improvement on the 0.6 per cent of apprenticeships taken up by women in 2016, we are lagging behind the rest of Europe, and particularly our nearest neighbour.

In Britain, 54 per cent of apprentices were women in 2016-17. In England there have been more women in apprenticeships than men since 2010.

The junior minister for education, John Halligan, has said he is...

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