Black African women apprentices’ views on traditional male-dominated technical vocational training programmes: a case study of an apprenticeship programme

Sani, Tania Louise
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Women are being encouraged to pursue non-traditional male-dominated careers in technical fields and are registering as apprentices on technical vocational training programmes. This qualitative study makes use of an exploratory case study design to explore the lived reality of black African cisgender women on traditional male-dominated apprenticeships, and the gender equality barriers they experience during their apprenticeships. The study was situated at the Tshwane Leadership and Management Academy (TLMA), a municipal technical training facility in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (hereafter referred to as the CTMM). Data was obtained from a focus group (apprentices) and in-depth interviews(instructors), with the aid of a semi-structured topic guide for focus groups, and a structured interview guide for instructors. Twelve participants and four key informants were recruited using purposive sampling methods. Data was transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. This study aimed to contribute knowledge to the Occupational Social Work field by providing new insights into the experiences of black African women apprentices in traditional male-dominated workplaces by identifying workplace practices and attitudes that impact on the full participation of women on these training programmes
A report on a research submitted to The Department of Social Work School of Human and Community Development, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Social Work in the field of Occupational Social Work, 2020