Women Over 50: Ready, Steady, Go! Free back to work course

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Women Over 50: Ready, Steady, Go!

Are you over 50, a woman and from a minority background?

Are you a woman who is a lone parent, carer or has a disability?

Are you unemployed?

Do you want to feel empowered?

Designed for minority women over 50, the Ready Steady, Go! programme is a free fully funded 6-week rolling course starting from September 2019 until December 2020 with a further 6 weeks of ongoing coaching and careers guidance to help you take control of your life.

As a small group of like-minded women, you'll be learning from each other and working together to become empowered and take your next steps. The course has been created to help you to unlock your potential to discover a new career, training or education course or a self-employment opportunity that suits your needs. Whatever support you require, we will help you find the right route for your future.

The course is term time only and runs on Thursdays from 10am - 2pm in Croydon.

You must be available to attend all sessions and the course is only free subject to the eligibility criteria.

So, if you're a minority women over 50, and you live in Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Kingston or Richmond and have been unemployed or economically inactive for 6 months or more, this course is definitely for you.

About the course

This course will help you decide whether you would like to go back into employment, education or training or start your own business.

The first 6 weeks of the course are designed to help you define what success means in your life and to help you develop a plan for achieving it in order to boost your future.

It will help you answer the questions that arise when you consider how best to use your life by helping you to evaluate your future and think of success on your terms.

The second 6 weeks of the course covers employability through careers and coaching advice that will help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to take your next steps. You will have an opportunity to connect to local education and training providers, employers and business start-up organisations.

You will have a further 28 days, once the course has ended, to find a new career, training or education course or set up your own business.

By working and learning together you will unlock how to get out of your rut and gain insights into how to change your life effectively by building on what you already know, so as to take you into a new direction.

What you'll learn

The course is wide-ranging and some of the things covered are:

  • Apply self-reflective methods to interpret your experiences

  • Appreciate and identify your key professional and employability skills and capabilities

  • Recognise how your unique qualities translate into the work, education, training or self-employment

  • Develop your communication skills to convey your potential

  • Prepare for the transition from your current state to the new you

  • Promote and sell yourself to make a positive impression

  • Develop and create a personal professional online brand and profile

  • Deal with gaps in your work history

  • Find employment, education, training and entrepreneurial opportunities in today’s economy

You will be expected to do some activities outside of the course, with full support from us. These tasks will help you with your transition into work, education, training or self-employment at the end of the course.

Times and Dates

This is a rolling course, so there are start dates every month from September 2019 to December 2020. We will let you know the exact start date after you have applied.

Before starting the course there will be an enrolment session from 10am to 2pm. We will let you know the date and the information you will need to bring along.

The first part of the course will start the following week on a Thursday from 10am - 2pm for six weeks. There will then be an additional 6-week course, with a further 28 days after this to get yourself into employment, education, training or self-employment.

It is important that you attend all the sessions to complete the course and obtain gree funding. Therefore you should be available for 16 weeks from your course start day (excludes the enrolment session).

How to apply

If you feel that this is the right course for you and you are interested in taking part; register and will get back to you to confirm your place. As we are only funded for 40 places we may not be able to guarantee everyone a place over the course of the year, so best apply for the early start dates.

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This course is funded by the European Social Fund and supported by Forcera

Indicative Course Dates (TBC)

Course 1
Term 1: 26/09/19 - 17/10/19 + 31/10/19 - 07/11/19
Term 2: 28/10/19 - 14/11/19 - 19/12/19
28 days: 09/12/19 - 30/12/19 26/12/19 - 22/01/20

Course 2
Term 1: 28/10/19 - 01/12/19 14/11/19 - 19/12/19
Term 2: 06/01/20 - 10/02/20
28 days: 17/02/20 - 09/03/20

Course 3
Term 1: 06/01/20 - 10/02/20
Term 2: 24/02/20 - 30/03/20
28 days: 06/04/20 - 27/04/20

Course 4
Term 1: 24/02/20 - 30/03/20
Term 2: 20/04/20 - 18/05/20 + 01/06/20 - 05/06/20
28 days: 08/06/20 - 29/06/20

Course 5
Term 1: 20/04/20 - 18/05/20 + 01/06/20 - 05/06/20
Term 2: 08/06/20 - 13/07/20
28 days: 20/07/20 - 10/08/20

Course 6
Term 1: 07/09/20 - 19/10/20
Term 2: 02/10/20 - 30/10/20
28 days: 07/12/20 - 28/12/20

Course 7
Term 1: 02/10/20 - 30/10/20
Term 2: 07/12/20 - 14/12/20 + 04/01/21 - 18/01/21
28 days: 25/01/21 - 15/02/21

Course 8
Term 1: 07/12/20 - 14/12/20 + 04/01/21 - 18/01/21
Term 2: 25/01/21 - 08/02/21 + 22/02/21 - 08/03/21
28 days: 15/03/21 - 05/04/21


What is the Eligibility Criteria?

  • Be a woman who is over 50 and from a minority background

  • Be a woman who is a lone parent, carer or have a disability

  • Be over 19

  • Live in the Croydon, Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Kingston or Richmond

  • Be unemployed or economically inactive for at least the past 6 months

  • Be a UK/EU citizen or have proof of residency in the UK/EU for at least three years

  • Be available on a Thursday from 10am - 2pm, for 16 weeks from your start date

  • Be prepared to have found employment, an education/training course or become self-employed by the end of the course

We will provide support for anyone with additional requirements

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Telephone: 020 8684 3719

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