The Promoting Opportunities Programme #NotJustForBoys aims to increase awareness amongst young females of the wide array of career opportunities available to them in sectors where women are typically underrepresented, such as construction or IT.
Statistics show that girls typically choose traditionally viewed female career paths such as hairdressing, beauty or childcare. Salaries linked to these professions are generally lower, employment less secure, and progression opportunities limited.
This compares unfavourably to traditional male professions such as those in construction or engineering where salaries are higher and there are more opportunities for career progression.
In partnership and collaboration with industry,
public sector and schools, the #NotJustForBoys
programme provides opportunities for:
Access to female role models/mentors
We are delighted to work with schools to increase awareness of these career opportunities.
There are many ways in which a programme partner such as funders, local authorities and private industry organisations can get involved in the Promoting Opportunities Programme #NotJustForBoys. You can see some of them here in our how to get involved inforgraphic. Some examples include;
facilitating industry site visits,
providing work placements and
becoming a mentor
"Through introducing girls to women in alternative career
options, and engaging them with discussions about gender stereotypes, the girls were challenging their own pereconceptions.
Also the hands on workshop
making bat boxes will be a first
hand experience of exploring
new skills which are usually
thought of to be for males."
Teacher - Hazelwood Intergrated Primary School
"It was a great day with a great message and really got them thinking. The girls had a brilliant day!"
Teacher - Our Lady's Girls Primary School
“I really enjoyed everything, nothing was too much and I could learn and take everything in at a good pace. I liked how informative it was and that we got to do hands-on work, rather than sitting in the building the whole time."