The number of young men registering to study childcare at one of Northern Ireland’s main colleges has more than doubled in the past year, new figures show.
The upsurge in interest among men has been attributed to various reasons, including the recession, as men examine fresh employment options. The erosion of traditional male and female gender stereotypes is also said to have played a part in changing social perceptions.
College chiefs are now predicting that the female-dominated worlds of creches and classroom assistants are likely to become much more gender balanced over the next few years. The surprising increase in male enrolments is especially noticeable among young men who have recently progressed from secondary education. Many have now decided to take up a career in providing support, care and development for young children.
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