The Women’s Work Lab, in partnership with B&NES Council, are keen to hear from businesses who may be interested in taking on a Mum for an unpaid work placement in January 2022. The Lab supports unemployed Mums in receipt of benefits to (re)start their careers. Typically participants have faced significant barriers to working which may include domestic abuse, children with additional needs, mental health struggles or English being their second language.
The core 12-week programme helps to build confidence and employability skills via face-to-face training combined with a volunteer work placement at a well-respected local organisation. Mums are then matched with a mentor for six months to support them on their continued journey back towards work, which may include further training & volunteering.
The January placements form part of the November 2021 Women’s Work Lab programme. Other programmes in Bath this year include one in May and the September cohort which is currently ongoing. Of the 14 Mums who joined the May programme, eight are now successfully back into work.
Women’s Work Lab would like to hear from organisations, no matter what their size, who feel they may be able to help. The main criteria is a supportive environment where a participant can take part in an entry level type role. The types of business are endless and, depending on the Mums interests, placements so far have included administration (in charities and businesses), support work, nursery work, hospitality and retail. Placements are due to take place January 11 to February 3 for 15 hours during school hours (usually Tues/Weds/Thurs 9.30-2.30).