Engaging unemployed women in training

3rd November 2011

As unemployment rates for women rise to the highest levels in 17 years, NIACE and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have published a report setting out strategies for engaging women in pre-employment training and for supporting them to achieve and progress.

NIACE was commissioned by the SFA to carry out the research for this report, which focuses on successful approaches to working with women encountering multiple difficulties in their lives. The research focuses on pre-employment projects funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), but the findings are relevant for anyone working to involve women in learning and supporting them to succeed. It sets out the principles that underpin work to engage women, outlines the barriers to participation, persistence and success that women might face and contains ten case studies from a range of different providers to illustrate successful practice.

Jane Ward, NIACE Programme Manager, said:

“Our knowledge of the barriers to access that women encounter and ways of supporting them to succeed in learning has developed over many years. Some of these, such as childcare, are long standing, but still persist. This report will help providers refresh their knowledge and will help new organisations and individuals entering the training field to acquire the knowledge and understanding they need to attract and support women.”