New surveys to discover young women's work hopes

YOUNG women in South Yorkshire are being asked about their career aspirations in two new government surveys.

The Department for Work and Pensions has teamed up with education charity Career Ready to launch two surveys asking young people aged 13 to 26 about their career hopes.

The surveys ask young women about their perceptions of barriers in industries which are likely to have an increasing number of job vacancies in the future.

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The #Notjustforboys campaign launched in early 2014 and was backed by more than 100 leading businesses and individuals. 

The surveys can be accessed at and

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: “This generation of young people are the first to grow up immersed in social media – there has never been more opportunity for young people to have access to the stories of successful role models across the world in every career imaginable.

“There are more women in work than ever before, however I fear that this generation will still face some of the same barriers that their Gen Y and Baby Boomer mothers and grandmothers did when trying to get into some careers that are typically monopolised by men. 

“I want all girls to grow up knowing that they can have any career that they want.”