The Gender Commission was set up in response to findings by the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) Group Board.

It looked at current trends within apprenticeships and identified a need to provide visible, industry leadership by setting up a commission to address gender imbalance. 

The work complements existing activity on gender segregation in the workplace although it will be the first of its kind to do so specifically through the lens of apprenticeships and work-based learning in Scotland. 


The objectives of the Commission are to develop recommendations and proposals that:  

  • offer business-ready, practical solutions to what employers can do now, and in the future, to address any real or perceived barriers to improving gender diversity in their workforce 
  • develop business’ knowledge of what works to improve the balance of their workforce through apprenticeships 
  • identify how business can more easily engage with, and benefit from, the range of support services on offer in a way that suits their own needs and company circumstances   
  • inform Scottish Government, and its agencies, on how it can better assist businesses of all sizes through policy and practice  

Find out more by viewing the Gender Commission’s Terms of Reference


The Commission will meet every 6-8 weeks throughout its lifespan and consider and analyse different themes and drivers which are recognised as playing a key role in affecting gender diversity in apprenticeships and the workplace. 


Membership of the commission is made up of selected key influencers, employers and equalities experts and representatives from education, complemented by expert advice drawn in from key policy areas, where appropriate. It will be led by Natalie Buxton, managing director, Scotland, at global communications agency, Weber Shandwick, who is also a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s Group Board and Equalities group.  

See the full list of members of the Gender Commission 


Please contact Skills Development Scotland if you have any questions about the SAAB Gender Commission.