Milton Keynes Council reveals further £250k funding to support women looking for work

On International Women's Day the council revealed extra funding to help female job seekers affected by the pandemic.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 9:50 am

MK Council announced almost £250,000 will be put into programmes supporting women looking to return to work.

Two weeks ago the council revealed a £25,000 support programme with the charity Works For Us.

As previously reported, research from council staff states women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; almost twice as likely as men to lose their jobs through the crisis.

Milton Keynes Council is funding almost £250,000 worth of programmes to help women return to work

The programmes supported are designed to help women who have recently lost their jobs, are at risk of redundancy or are looking to get back into work after a career break.

Alongside the Works For Us programme, supporting women with CV writing, job applications and interview practice. There is Women's Leaders, a mentoring and networking programme. Red Thread, is the third programme announced at this time, which focuses on management and leadership.

The programme was announced by the council, yesterday (March 8), in line with International Women's Day. Cabinet member for economy and culture, Councillor Carole Baume said in a statement on the council's website: “This year we’re marking International Women’s Day by rolling out a range of programmes designed to support women. It’s tough for a lot of people right now and we know that women have had their careers unfairly affected by the pandemic.

“Our brilliant city is full of bright and aspirational women who we’re determined to help reach their true potential. I’d encourage anyone who is struggling with work and could benefit from these programmes to get in touch.”