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Apprentices: Females

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage more women and girls to take up apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The National Apprenticeship Service is working with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and other key stakeholders to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strategy encouraging the development and take-up of STEM apprenticeships.

One of the aims of this strategy is to articulate and raise awareness of career opportunities that are available to all suitable candidates.

The Department also funds a number of programmes which encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including women and girls, to understand the excitement and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in their lives, including STEMNET and its 27,000 strong cohort of STEM ambassadors.

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