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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.

what we offer

Working with a network of partners - including Edge Hill University and Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH) – the project offers bespoke support to SMEs and their women employees and managers with:

  • An initial diagnostic to help identify your existing skills, strengths, barriers and your training / skills opportunities
  • Fully funded leadership and management training courses and qualifications for your women employees
  • A key account manager who will be your point of contact and work with you to develop a flexible project plan that meets your needs
  • A network of like-minded businesses via peer-to-peer sessions, events and masterclasses
  • Access to resources such as blogs, surveys and research
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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
European Union Social Fund

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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