I wanted to let you know that the Women’s Work Lab is opening applications for the September Bath programme this week, in partnership with B&NES Council, supporting unemployed mums receiving benefits to become work ready.
Just to briefly introduce myself and share my success with you. My name is Samantha and I am the Women’s Work Lab’s (new) Team Administrator. I completed the Women’s Work Lab’s first programme in Bristol last year and this role is now my second role since finishing the programme.
To introduce the programme: our bespoke classroom training and work placements focus on building confidence, ambition and employability skills. We specialise in unlocking potential and laying the foundations for a brighter future. As you already know we are currently working with 15 Mums on our May cohort and all of them are in training at the moment and due to go on placement in June. The program is going really well.
Outcomes for participants include new careers, positive role modelling for their families and communities and the creation of a vital support network.
Applications are currently open and we would love to hear from any women who you are connected with that you think would be a good fit. We are keen to reach out to as many community groups as possible to hear from women who may be interested in taking part. Typically we work with mums who have experienced barriers to work such as lone parenting, domestic abuse, poor mental health or children with additional needs.
There is plenty of information on our website and I also attach a leaflet and social media posts that we would be grateful if you could share in your networks. Applications will close on June 25th and then we will hold informal interviews to those shortlisted before formally offering places in mid July.
The main things you need to know:
· Free 12 week part time programme
· We are open to mums who are unemployed and are currently in receipt of Universal Credit (or comparable benefits).
· Applications welcome from across Bath providing mums can get to The Hub, Mulberry Park for the training (expenses paid)
· If you have younger children the job centre should be able to help with additional childcare via the Flexible Support Fund. Speak to your job coach.
· Travel expenses provided for the training and work placements
· Mums can apply via our website www.womensworklab.co.uk
Having personally gone through the training detailed above, I can vouch for how brilliant it is! My two sons are extremely proud to see their mum working and my whole life situation, mindset and family has changed dramatically for the better.
The Women’s Work Lab
Tel: 07837 716856
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