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Opportunity to return to a STEM career

Partnering with STEM Returners, Babcock and Atlas Elektonik are offering a trailblazing 13-week programme aimed at giving highly qualified engineers a chance to show that taking extended time away from work is not a barrier to getting a job in 2018.  It’s on offer to men and women who have more than a year’s career break from science, technology or engineering - and is also open to candidates who have the skills and experience to transfer their technical career.

Those wanting to take up the offer have until Friday 24th February to apply at www.stemreturners.com/returner-registration

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EHRC Report on welfare changes on women and other groups


FPSW highlights these extracts from the report, which shows the equality regulator confirming analyses of many non-governmental organisations.

"Our findings show that the overall impact of policy decisions taken between 2010 and 2017 is regressive."

"Overall our analysis, while subject to further refinement, shows clearly that a range of people who share certain protected characteristics will be significantly adversely impacted by these reforms:"

"• Lone parents lose around 15% of their net income on average – almost £1 in every £6. By contrast, the losses for all other family groups are much smaller, from nothing to 8%, especially for those that are relatively well-off.

• Women lose more than men from reforms at every income level. Overall, women lose around £940 per year on average, more than double the losses of around £460 for men."


JRF Poverty 2017 Report


Over the last 20 years the UK has seen very significant falls in poverty among children and pensioners. Twenty years ago a third of children lived in poverty; this fell to 27% in 2011/12. In 1994/95, 28% of pensioners lived in poverty, falling to 13% in 2011/12. This progress is now at risk of reversing: poverty rates for both groups have started to rise again, to 16% for pensioners and 30% for children.


SARSAS survey of workeforce

Sexual Violence Services in Avon and Somerset are seeking the views of the workforce so that we can understand your experiences, to see how services could be improved for survivors of sexual violence. We welcome your contribution, and please feel free to share with others in your organisation and wider networks.

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. If you would prefer not to answer all questions, please just focus on those you do feel able to answer. Any information you can give us is helpful.

We do not ask for any contact details and your response will be anonymous.

If you have any comments or queries, please get in touch by emailing Jen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0117 909 9949.

The deadline for completing the survey is 12 midday on Monday 18th December.

To participate in the survey, follow this link: https://voscur.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/professionals-survey-sexual-violence-services  


Bristol project for women and jobs receives funding

The ROSA trust announced:

"This grant has been approved for: To introduce a gender dimension to Bristol’s new Temple Quay Enterprise Zone by representing local women, identifying ways to enable women to access employment, connecting women with skills providers/potential employers and influencing decision makers."


Better Jobs for Mums and Dads, Research Report

"17. It should be the default position that all staff can benefit from positive flexible working practices. This would especially help parents manage their childcare. Employers should have to justify where it is not possible to advertise a role flexibly. This would be a big step towards changing workplace culture and creating a more supportive climate for young parents to work flexibly and manage their childcare needs."

One of many recommendations in this TUC research report. https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Better_Jobs_For_Mums_And_Dads_2017_AW_Digital_0.pdf


Women and Brexit news 2

Fair Play SW co-authored paper presented to ESA conference in Athens, September 2017 

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