Close the Gap is a charity working in Scotland on women's participation in the labour market. We work with policymakers, employers and employees to influence and enable action to address the causes of women's inequality at work.
Be What You Want is our campaign to raise awareness of gender stereotyping and occupational segregation, in the context of subject and career choice, among children and young people. The campaign aims to ensure that children and young people are not limited in their expectations and can make informed decisions about their future based on their passions, skills and talent, and not gender stereotypes.
Close the Gap offers free advice to schools on delivering work to challenge gender stereotyping in subject and career choices, supporting delivery of the recommendations of the Developing the Young Workforce Strategy.
We also offer free resources allow teachers to build activities on gender stereotyping into lesson plans, and to have positive discussions with children and young people about which subjects or careers they might wish to pursue. Our free resource packs include a teacher's information resource, a set of Be What You Want comic strips for use in the classroom, and a set of posters, pens, pencils and erasers.
The aims of Be What You Want align with the recommendations and objectives of Scottish Government's youth employment strategy, Developing the Young Workforce, which states that equality education should be embedded across Curriculum for Excellence, and addressing gender stereotyping should inform subject choice and career discussions.
Using the Be What You Want resources also supports the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. The activities are adaptable for use across the curriculum, as pupils will explore aspects of different careers and occupations and their associated skills, and build an understanding of the world of work.