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ERIC Number: EJ865220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Women into Non-Traditional Sectors: Addressing Gender Segregation in the Northern Ireland Workplace
Potter, Michael; Hill, Myrtle
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v61 n2 p133-150 Jun 2009
The horizontal segregation of the workforce along gender lines tends to assign women to lower paid, lower status employment. Consequently, schemes to address segregation have focused on preparing women to enter non-traditional occupations through training and development processes. This article examines models to encourage women into non-traditional employment, focusing on the Women into Non-Traditional Sectors (WINS) project in Belfast, Northern Ireland. However, changing women to suit a hostile work environment assumes women to be the problem, whereas it is the barriers that women face in undertaking non-traditional jobs that need to be changed. It is concluded, therefore, that while models such as WINS can be successful in assisting women into non-traditional sectors, change processes to make workplaces more accessible are a more pressing and appropriate approach to de-segregating the workforce. (Contains 2 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Belfast)