How apprenticeship might fix gender disparities

The consulting group BCG has found another effective way to ensure women stay aboard and advance in companies: mentors and apprenticeship. Writing for Harvard Business Review, BCG senior partner Michelle Stohlmeyer Russell and consultant Lori Moskowitz Lepler outlined the company’s research and attempt to rectify the problem. Surveys showed the lack of a quality apprenticeship program was a top complaint of high-potential women who had previously left the firm. In the five years since then, apprenticeship reforms have contributed to a significant improvement in promotion rates for women and a slowdown in attrition, they write. The authors detail several more insights.

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