On June 29, the employment support sector will celebrate the third annual Employability Day, organised by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA).
The aim of the day is to celebrate and acknowledge the work the employment support sector does to help move people towards, into or to progress in work, which has a big impact on our local communities and on people’s lives.
As Brexit approaches, it is also important we use Employability Day to highlight the success of European Social Fund (ESF) programmes and the need for a world-leading successor.
On Employability Day, we will be celebrating schemes like the Enterprise Adviser Network, which is funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company in association with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and delivered by Inspira.
The network is an excellent example of how women can become role models as the premise behind the scheme is to ensure employer engagement activities are embedded into every Cumbrian school’s curriculum.
Volunteer Enterprise Advisers (people drawn from the business community) help educational institutions to strategically plan employer engagement activities that help to inspire Cumbrian young people.
To complement these activities, Enterprise Advisers need the help of other business leaders to provide opportunities and to get involved in skills fairs, mock interview experiences and work experience options.
Cumbria’s female role models can get involved in both aspects of the network – helping young women to understand and consider a wide range of career options, some of which are in male dominated industries or careers. However, it is not just our young females who we should be inspiring.
Cumbria has a large number of women who are looking to return to work post-family or being a carer. Research has found that increasing the number of women in work by just five per cent could create £750m extra in tax revenue for the UK.
For Cumbria this focus could also have a very real and positive impact on our economy, representation of women across all industries and the post Brexit world.