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Network established to encourage diversity in apprenticeships


The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) is comprised of 23 employers, including Rolls Royce, BBC, BAE Systems and a number of small- and medium-sized employers. The network has been established to champion apprenticeships and diversity amongst employers and encourage more people from underrepresented groups, including those with disabilities, women and members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, to consider apprenticeships.

Dorset Women's Week

Dear WAND Women

We are delighted to announce our 2017 programme for Dorset Womens Week,starting with a guided wildlife walk at Arne, and  culminating in Dorset Womens Day (pdfhere1.4 MB) .


WEC Report and EDF Response – Ensuring Strong Equalities Legislation After Brexit

The Women and Equalities Select Committee published a report on ensuring strong equalities legislation after Brexit in February 2017, after an earlier inquiry.

The report recommended that the Government should:

  • introduce an amendment to the Equality Act 2010 to empower Parliament and the Courts to declare whether legislation is compatible with UK principles of equality, comparable to similar provisions in the Human Rights Act;
  • include a clause in the Great Repeal Bill that explicitly commits to maintaining the current levels of equality protection when EU law is transposed into UK law;
  • develop a cross-government equality strategy in order to ensure that all government departments take action on equality, and to provide a platform for linking into civil society organisations; and
  • map the extent of research and other equality projects currently receiving EU funds and to replace and ring-fence these funds to allow research on equalities to continue undisrupted.

Read a summaryrecommendations, or the full report.

EDF Chief Executive, Ali Harris, said:


11 March 2017 11:00 ~ Making the Media Work for Women – A Celebration for International Women’s Day – South West TUC Women’s Committee- Bristol

Until 15:00 @ Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AY

The event is open to Women only and will be a day of celebration for International Women’s Day with:

  • Music from Clare Mooney
  • A play about Sarah Guppy performed by Bristol actress Kim Hicks and developed by Show of Strength Theatre Company
  • Discussion groups
  • Workshops: US President Donald Trump, Film and TV along with various others

The event is free and lunch is included.

Closing date: Noon, Thursday, 9 March 2017

Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-media-work-for-women-a-celebration-for-international-womens-day-tickets-32057821808?aff=es2

New research on Women Returners

First Woman has recently posted 'Two thirds of Women Return to Lower-paid, Lower-skilled, jobs after Career Break', based on research by PwC, Women Returners, and 30% Club.

Fair Play SW has posted this reply:

"This research confirms other research findings. The question now is what to do about it? Fair Play South West says all jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working, required by regulation as the voluntary approach hasn’t worked. See, for example:http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/images/The_Gender_Pay_Gap_elimination.docx"

FPSW at IWD M-Shed 4th March 2017

Come and visit the FPSW stall at the M-Shed on Saturday where BWV will be celebrating International Women's Day.


Brexit and Women event Exeter 2nd March

Fawcett Devon event http://www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events

Social Infrastructure and Industrial Strategy

pdfBriefing for FPSW332.28 KB on importance of Social Infrastructure to  Inclusive Growth and Industrial Strategies.


"Industrial Strategy which benefits all
If the aim of an ‘Industrial Strategy’ were only to support economic growth and productivity then it would still need to consider all of the contributing factors. As well as the geographical distribution of manufacturing and the development of physical infrastructure such as road, transport links and buildings, it must include sectors such as education, health and care, which are both direct employers of significant numbers and enablers for the other sectors. The childcare and adult social care sectors have been particularly neglected in economic policy making in the past. This social infrastructure provides jobs directly and has the potential to improve workforce quality and availability and it should form part of any Industrial Strategy.
As importantly however, the Inclusive Growth agenda throws light on the wider social benefits of investment in social infrastructure. If the aim is an economy which works for all, - the just managing, the left behind, the politically cynical, - then economic and social policy need to be combined; surely the definition of an Industrial Strategy?"
Defines quality jobs, social infrastructure and inclusive growth:


Women and the EU Letter to MP

Following the well-attended event held by Clare Moody MEP in December 2016, FPSW Chair has sent a letter to her MP seeking clarification on issues affecting women in the negotiations on Brexit and consequential UK Government policies. It says:

The impact on Women of the UK leaving the EU

I am concerned that the discussions and information about the exit negotiations have ignored issues around equalities for UK citizens, including women’s equality. Women stand to lose a lot of the progress made over decades unless specific consideration is given to a number of different aspects. For example:


WBG Recruiting admin and research assistant

UK Women’s Budget Group part-time Administration and Research Assistant


Based in London

Salary: £23-25,000 dependent on experience

Hours: 14 hours per week

Closing date: Tuesday 21st February 2017

Interviews to be held on: Wednesday 1st March 2017