Summary: Gender and Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning
Over half (56%) of students in Higher Education in 2014-15 were women.
In Higher Education in 2014-15, most students in Science and Engineering subjects were men (63.9%), while most students were women in Medical Studies (75.7%), Business and Social Studies (61.2%) and Education and the Arts (67.7%).
- The subject areas with the largest proportion of students who were men were Computer Science (81.8% men) and Engineering and Technology (85.0% men). The subject areas with the largest proportion of women students were Education (75.3% women) and subjects allied to Medicine (80.5%).
Source: Higher Education Students and Qualifiers at Scottish Institutions 2014-15
Source: Learning for All 2016, Scotland’s Colleges: A Baseline Report 2014-15
In 2015/16, there were more men starting Modern Apprenticeships than women (59% of new starts were men).
In 2015/16, 74% 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 Automotive (97%), Construction & Related (98%), Other Manufacture (98%). The framework groupings with the highest proportion of women were Administration & Related (28%), Sport, Health & Social Care (16%), and Personal Services (91%).
Source: Modern Apprenticeship Statistics Full Year Report 2015-16
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