The Connect Programme 2015-2018

The Connect Programme is a female-specific programme for women not currently in work. The aim of the Connect Programme is to provide a one stop shop for any woman who is currently unemployed or economically inactive. Women who may have lost their confidence, face particular barriers to work or find themselves at a crossroads in life will benefit from the programme. The programme offers a range of ongoing support for women who wish to consider employment or self-employment. More intensive training, mentoring and peer support is available for those interested in exploring enterprise. We aim to inspire, encourage, motivate and support women to move into further training, secure jobs and start up their own business.

The programme offers a broad range of support:

  • accredited and non-accredited training in enterprise
  • an annual conference aimed at motivating and inspiring women, encouraging them to consider their direction, self-worth and skills development
  • monthly ‘how to’ seminars
  • monthly mentoring clinics- face-to-face or e-mentoring
  • ongoing support through online news, information, signposting to relevant resources, and an interactive forum
  • a ‘buddy support group’ with monthly facilitated meetings between mentors and women with similar goals
The programme is delivered in a supportive environment, tailored to the needs of women considering their futures. Evidence shows female specific support is more effective in progressing women, particularly by engaging them through support from female peers and role models. The programme is flexible and accessible to fit with other commitments and responsibilities participants may have. Childcare may be available to those taking part in training. To register your interest please visit: Register for Connect Programme The programme is delivered by Women in Business NI, the leading organisation on maximising the potential of women to contribute to the economic success of Northern Ireland. Connect is delivered in partnership with East Belfast Enterprise and is funded by Department for Employment and Learning- European Social Fund, and Belfast City Council.

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