Summary: Gender and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning
Over half (56.5%) of students in Higher Education in 2015-16 were women.
In Higher Education in 2015-16, most students in Science and Engineering subjects were men (63.4%), while most students were women in Medical Studies (76.6%), Business and Social Studies (61.7%) and Education and the Arts (67.9%).
- The subject areas with the largest proportion of students who were men were Engineering and Technology (84.7% men) and Computer Science (81.4% men). The subject areas with the largest proportion of women students were subjects allied to Medicine (81.1%) and Veterinary Science (79.0%).
Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2015-16
Source: Learning for All 2016, Scotland’s Colleges: A Baseline Report 15-16
In 2016-17, there were more men starting Modern Apprenticeships than women (60% of new starts were men).
In 2016-17, 70% of Modern Apprenticeship frameworks had a gender balance of 75:25 or worse.
In 2015/16, the framework groupings with the highest proportion of men were Construction & Related (98%), Automotive (97%), Other Manufacture (97%). The framework groupings with the highest proportion of women were Personal Services (93%), Sport, Health and Social Care (83%) and Administration and Related (72%).
Source: Modern Apprenticeship Statistics, 2016-17 Q4
In 2015-16, young men were slightly less likely than women to be in positive destinations. 91.0% of 16-19 year old women were participating in education, employment, training or other development, compared to 89.7% of 16-19 year old men.
Young women were more likely to be in education (75.9%) than young men (66.9%)
- Young men were more likely to be participating in employment (20.3%) than young women (13.4%).
Source: Annual Participation Measure 2016, Skills Development Scotland
Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning