Girls form the overwhelming majority of young people choosing to
study for vocational qualifications in health and social care,
according to the Equal Opportunities Commission.
An NOP family poll carried out for the commission found 92 per
cent of those taking an intermediate level GNVQ in health and
social care were girls. By contrast, of those young people choosing
IT as a GNVQ, 81 per cent were boys.
The commission is using the findings as part of its
“What’s Stopping You” campaign to challenge gender
stereotyping in the world of work.
Adverts featuring a still from the film Billy Elliott,
and England’s 1966 World Cup victory, with a girl’s
head superimposed on Bobby Moore’s body, will appear in a
range of magazines during November and December, with the aim of
giving young people the confidence to do something different. A
resource pack for teachers and career advisers has also been
“Working women are still concentrated in a narrow range of
occupations all at the lower paid end of the labour market,” said
commission chairperson Julie Mellor. “We won’t get true
equality in the workplace unless measures are taken at school to
encourage young people to pick from all the options available.”