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Occupational Segregation (Work with Educational Institutions) Oral Question, 18/03/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 18 March 2015 Jackie Baillie (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what work it is undertaking with educational institutions to tackle occupational segregation.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, that occupational segregation is a complex and deep-rooted problem, but we are determined to make progress.Action is taking place on a number of fronts. For example, tackling gender imbalance on college courses is a strategic priority for the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council. To that end, it is working with Skills Development Scotland and key stakeholders on a gender action plan. Tackling gender imbalance is also a top priority of the developing the young workforce programme, which has targets to increase the minority gender share in the most imbalanced college subject courses and modern apprenticeship frameworks.

SDS is also working with education partners including schools on a number of pilots that are seeking to understand and tackle the causes of educational and occupational segregation.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 March 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 18 March 2015