New £1m project set to boost women in the workforce
The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has worked with The Opportunity Centre, part of Aspire-igen Group, Yorkshire In Business, and Beyond 2030 to create a new support programme designed to boost women in the workforce.
Aspire2lead is a £1million project, part-funded by the European Social Fund, and is being launched on Monday, May 8 to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day.
The project aims to help 80 SMEs and more than 1,000 individuals in employment or self-employment, offering support such as leadership and entrepreneurial training, return to work support including bespoke careers guidance and networking and ambassador opportunities.
Sam Alexander, chair of the LEP Skills and Employability Board, said: “We are passionate about encouraging the work of existing and emerging female talent in our region as we know our economy will be stronger by being inclusive and through leveraging this expertise.
“Collectively, we want to inspire women about the careers they can access whilst building career readiness.”
Jenn Crowther CEO of Yorkshire in Business says “We are exciting to be delivering the Women Entrepreneurs strand of this project.
“This gives women who own their own businesses or want to investigate self-employment a unique opportunity to gain coaching from my team whom are passionate about nurturing, new and exciting business ideas”