14 September 2017
The pledge states that employers will “recognise the value of gender diversity and take action to increase the representation of young women in their apprenticeship programmes”.
ISG’s group head of human resources, Jane Falconer, said the diversity of our workforce is hugely important to the business, ensuring we harness the skills and expertise of the most talented professionals in the industry.
“This is a great opportunity to further enhance our apprenticeship schemes and build on the work we do to ensure a fully inclusive apprenticeship experience for the best and the brightest,” she said.
“Working with Young Women’s Trust is another way that ISG can demonstrate that both our business, and the industry as a whole, is open and actively seeking to recruit many more women to ensure our workforce is much more reflective of society.”
Young Women’s Trust supports young women on low or no pay, and campaigns to support those wanting to work in traditionally male-dominated sector.
According to research by Young Women’s Trust, women apprentices earn on average 21% less than men.
Within the construction industry, for every woman starting an apprenticeship, there are around 56 men; a figure which hasn’t changed for over a decade.
Young Women’s Trust chief executive, Dr Carole Easton, said companies need to be proactive to redress the balance.
“We are delighted that ISG has committed to hiring more young women apprentices and we look forward to working with them to make that a reality,” she said.
“The UK desperately needs more construction workers.
“Meeting that demand means welcoming more women into the sector.”
She said that adapting the language in job adverts to appeal to young women, explicitly welcoming women applicants and removing formal academic entry requirements for apprenticeships will make a big difference.
Visit this link to read the stories of women currently working across a range of roles at ISG.