Kids in the United Kingdom have a much better chance of going to university than in any other developed country.
A report by the British Council has found that more than two-thirds of all children in the UK have at least one A-level qualification.
That compares to just 57 per cent in Germany, 59 per cent of France and 70 per cent across Europe.
And the study found that the average age of entry to a full-time apprenticeship is now just 15 for boys and 16 for girls.
But a lot of the data from the UK suggests that girls are more likely to have a chance of getting into a vocational apprenticeship than boys.
“The gender difference in the probability of entering apprenticeship in the labour market is clear, and the gap is widening over time,” the report says.
“For girls it has been increasing in the past decade, whereas for boys it is decreasing.”
While the gap in attainment between boys and girls is narrowing, it is widening at a rate of 1.6 percentage points per year, and this rate is likely to increase over time.
“We can identify the reasons for this narrowing in attainment, and we can find ways to close the gap by encouraging girls to enter the labour force more fully.”
The most important thing is that girls should be encouraged to pursue a career in a profession they love, which includes education, science, arts, social care and caring for the elderly.
“Education should be part of the decision-making process, with no preference being given to gender.”
The report also highlights the importance of early intervention.
It says that in the first year of school, girls tend to be more likely than boys to be given a place in a school.
And when children have to face the reality of life in the workplace, they are more apt to seek help for stress and anxiety.
“For young children, social, emotional and physical stress can have a profound effect on their ability to learn and to perform,” the authors say.
“It is important that young children are offered support, as well as a range of resources, so that they can develop a safe learning environment that enables them to grow and thrive.”
It is also important that they are given opportunities to develop the skills they need to get ahead in life.
“The British Council’s report is based on data from 2,500 adults from across the country, including the British Psychological Society, which found that girls were the most likely of all age groups to have taken a job, and that they were more likely even to be in a career than boys were.
They were also more likely if they had attended a pre-school.
The report also found that women were more than twice as likely to be a school teacher, and almost twice as many to be employed in a care and support role.
It also found there was evidence that girls in particular were being over-represented in care and social care, where they are under-represented compared with boys.
But the report did not have a breakdown of the differences in the number of girls in each of these roles.
The report is not the first to say that girls and boys are more at risk of being in vocational jobs.
Last year, a study by the Department of Education found that boys are being disproportionately over-exposed to vocational jobs and that the gender pay gap has been closing for at least a decade.
But the British Commission for Children says the findings of the BCS have implications for a range, not just vocational apprenticeships.
It says: “It can be argued that there is some evidence that the UK has a gender pay-gap, with women in the civil service more likely and more likely in higher-paid positions than men, for example, in finance and in politics.”
But the evidence on the gender wage gap is quite mixed and in some cases very inconsistent.”
What we do know is that if you look at the gap across occupations, women are not just under-performing compared to men in certain professions.
“And they are also disproportionately under-employed in some occupations, such as social work and childcare.”