Rosemary Bennett Social Affairs Editor
Efforts to get women into better jobs must begin at primary school, according to MPs who claim that careers advice is failing to break down persistent work segregation.
While considerable government energy had gone into addressing the absence of women in the boardroom, little had been done to tackle the dearth of girls taking up apprenticeships in industry and science.
Only 1,200 girls were enrolled in IT apprenticeships last year and just 400 in engineering courses. Yet there were 58,600 girls learning to be health and social care workers.