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Challenging boundaries to 'employability': women apprentices in a non-traditional occupation

Andrew, Alison (2009). Challenging boundaries to 'employability': women apprentices in a non-traditional occupation. Social Policy and Society, 8(3) pp. 347–359.

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Abstract

This article is based on a case study of women apprentices and workers in a 'non-traditional' occupation for women, engineering construction. The article argues that the concept of 'employability' is not gender neutral, and that gendered assumptions about who is and is not 'employable' for particular work can disadvantage women seeking training and work in non-traditional industries or dissuade them from applying to do so. Approaches to employability which emphasise individual attributes underplay the significance of gender inequalities and wider discourses of gender.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1474-7464
Keywords: employability; gender; non-traditional occupations
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 25688
Depositing User: Alison Andrew
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 14:41
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 05:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25688
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