How apprenticeship programmes are empowering women

Once thought of as the preserve of the manual trades, apprenticeships are boosting the earning power of women as well as men in sectors from cybersecurity to equine

Over 1,000 women have entered into apprenticeships this year

The word apprentice has long been associated with young men training to be carpenters, engineers, or other traditional hands-on roles. But times have changed – and now, not only is there a vast amount of choice open to would-be apprentices, but the gender divide is also decreasing.

In 2015, Solas, the further education and training (FET) agency, reported 26 female apprentices; and in the intervening years, this figure has steadily increased, with 2021 seeing over ...