Women apprentices are starting to get hands on

Women apprentices are starting to get hands on
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

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

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.

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