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An investigation into the low female participation in apprenticeships in Ireland: a qualitative study

Tunney, Avril (2021) An investigation into the low female participation in apprenticeships in Ireland: a qualitative study. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This paper discovers and examines why females have such a low uptake into an apprenticeship in Ireland. The current female numbers showed that a more in-depth analysis was needed to encourage growth in Ireland. This research analysed the obstacles that deter women from the apprenticeship programme. It examined the behaviours and perceptions surrounding females in apprenticeship in Ireland. It leads to a better understanding of the reasons that deter females and may assist with other areas for further research.

By initially focusing on the perceptions of apprenticeship concerning four main areas that exposed themselves from the literature review, awareness, apprenticeship participants, education, and moving forward, the researcher conducted highly informative in-depth interviews with a sample of current female students and female students' parents.

Besides the lack of awareness, another issue recognised during the interview process was the difference between educational subjects for boys and girls based on their gender.

The primary conclusion drawn from this research revealed that many people in Ireland have zero or minimal understanding of apprenticeship, which results in them holding onto old fashioned, misinformed, preconceptions about apprenticeship and its participants. To address this, the author recommends the Apprentice of the year - Change the stereotype. These actions could assist in changing the deep stereotypes in Ireland and internationally. Building on the research that showed that children are unaware of such inequalities or stereotypes, these ambassadors could resonate with primary children and their parents.

Many other benefits could arise from the creation of such awards, and these would need to be explored further; the above are just initial ideas to combat the issues discovered. Having successful real-life examples will build on the value of "see it, be it", especially in female apprentices.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Vocational Education > Apprenticeships
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Marketing
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 16:01
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 16:01

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