New Careers Support for Women in North Bristol

A new project offering careers development support for women in North Bristol has been launched, aimed at mums with young children and women who are unemployed or in part time work.

Future Me provides one to one support to women looking to improve their employability and work towards a career of their choosing. The year-long programme offers a full package of support to help women identify their career goals, access the training and skills needed and overcome barriers. Future Me is run by North Bristol Advice Centre (NBAC).

“It’s about helping women get the career they want, instead of just fitting into a job,” says Lavern Forbes, project coordinator. “We want to support women to raise their aspirations and help them avoid becoming trapped in low paid, unskilled work.”

The project is open to women who are not currently in full time work. This includes unemployed and part time workers. It’s particularly aimed at women with young children as it provides a unique opportunity to use the time before their children enter full time education to start the process of part time training to develop their own career.

“This is a new area of work for NBAC,” says Sally Gapper, NBAC CEO. “We know that mums with young children are under pressure to get into work under Universal Credit and that women have been hugely impacted by Covid-19. The aim is to set them on the path to meaningful employment and increase their financial wellbeing in the long term.”

Future Me builds on the success of the Buzz Employability Project, run by Buzz Lockleaze CIC. The social enterprise, which was set up by NBAC, was dissolved in August 2020. NBAC Trustees agreed to take on the employability work as it aligns with the organisation’s aim of promoting social justice and combating poverty.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Tanko North Bristol Advice Centre 0117 951 5751 or 07887 397 021