Building skills, capabilities and opportunities
Led by Leeds Beckett University, the three-year #WECAN (Women Empowered through Coaching and Networking) project aims to enhance the resilience and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by building the leadership skills, capabilities and opportunities of women in the Leeds City Region.
Why get involved?
- Improve productivity, business effectiveness and overall performance
- Empower, motivate, and engage your workforce in current and future delivery and development
- Nurture talent and develop the capabilities, knowledge and confidence of your employees
- Implement effective communication strategies, clarity in business goals and increased accountability
- Contribute to change in improving the labour market opportunities for women and businesses in our region
- Foster a culture that recognises, retains and develops talent whilst proactively addressing gender inequality with #WECAN
Partly funded by the European Union Social Fund
The project has a budget of £1.7m over three years, partly funded by partners and partly from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.
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Together with our partners, we are dedicated to supporting SME growth by inspiring and building on the leadership skills and opportunities of women in the Leeds City Region.
Women have huge potential to enhance the success of SMEs. However, historically women have not always used networks to advance their career prospects or known how to maximise their aspirations to achieve leadership positions. We will use this project to encourage networking and create those informal opportunities that often result in formal promotions - as well as coaching women on how to lead.
We aim to extend the inclusive legacy of Edge Hill University's founding history, by inspiring and empowering women from all demographic categories to develop their existing professional roles and support them in their career progression plans.
Women are underrepresented in leadership in social enterprises across Yorkshire. SEYH are excited for this project's potential to help change that, and give people the tools to go on and themselves be able to make a difference elsewhere.
As an Anchor Institution we are committed to supporting local SMEs and entrepreneurs - especially during these difficult times. Strong leadership is key in achieving resilience and future sustainability, and it is critical that we identify and maximise the untapped potential of women in SMEs. We and our partners are excited to create opportunities that will make a real and long-lasting impact for our region.
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