Despite pausing the new ‘100 Women First’ Project due to the global pandemic, targets have already been exceeded. The project, run by the Sedgemoor District Council’s Employment and Skills Centre ‘Under Construction’, aims to help local women fulfil their employment potential by improving their skills, confidence and most importantly after such a difficult year, well-being. The results so far have been amazing, with 100 women already signed up since it’s relaunch in September 2020.
The project has taken full advantage of new technologies such as Zoom calls, which has assisted nineteen of our members into paid work, helped seven start-up their own businesses; thirty-three have taken up training opportunities and qualifications and we have referred fifty women to partner organisations for additional help.
The project focuses on different areas of our members’ lives – it’s an individualised programme and it has been great to see so many grow in confidence and self-belief despite the huge challenges faced this last year. The project runs until September 2023.
A male version of the project, Men4Sedgemoor is running alongside 100 Women First which is managed by Laura Fowler – Employment and skills outreach officer at Sedgemoor District Council. For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for the three year project has been provided by the HPC Community Fund managed by Somerset Community Foundation to help local communities mitigate the impacts of Hinkley Point C and maximise opportunities that arise from the development for the communities (in Somerset) through schemes, measures and projects which promote economic, social or environmental well-being of those communities to enhance their quality of life.
The Under Construction team work closely with the Hinkley Point C Jobs Service, hosting regular events to engage women on the programme and wider Sedgemoor residents. The most recent event, Hinkley Point C: Meet the Contractor had 126 attendees highlighting the fantastic collaboration and behind the scenes, the team are working hard to support the community and programme members into local opportunities at HPC.
This is a unique project designed to tackle gender pay disparity and the underrepresentation of women in traditionally male dominated roles, with the Hinkley Point C project on our doorstep we are ideally situated. 100 Women First speaks for itself with its positive outcomes and ability to change lives.