The IT and engineering industries could be suffering from a lack of female workers, according to figures from the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee.

The report highlighted that there were 10,400 men enrolled on IT apprenticeships in 2011/12, compared to just 1,200 women.

Ella Bennett, HR director at Fujitsu UK and Ireland, said that women are more likely to get into such professions by chance than by intention.

‘What the industry needs to do is showcase more positive female role models. We need to make the role models visible and accessible so that young women can identify with them,’ she said.

Ms Bennett’s statements were echoed by Diane Johnson, skills ambassador at the Electrical Contractors Association, who said that there needs to be more awareness about the value of apprenticeships among women.

Similarly, our article about women in the IT industry revealed that only 23% of the workforce are female.

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