Flying the flag for mums in apprenticeships
Successful Mums founder Jane Knight will be speaking at the Celebration of Women in Apprenticeships Conference this July. As well as marking the fantastic achievements of women apprentices, the Conference will be exploring how the sector can create more high-quality opportunities for women.
As always, Jane will be flying the flag for returning mums. Before an audience of training providers and employers, including organisations such as Coca-Cola, Network Rail and the NHS, Jane will be talking about the transferable skills that women returners can bring to the workplace – both from their earlier careers and as parents.
Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with formal education and industry mentoring. They can be ideal for people looking for a change of direction after a career break and can have a great deal to offer women returners. But, explains Jane, common misconceptions mean returning mums often overlook these opportunities.
“Many people think apprenticeships are just for those at the very start of their working lives but there is no upper age limit and they are now open to everyone,” she says.
“There’s also the notion that it’s all hardhats and hi-vis jackets. But although there are great opportunities in the traditional industries – and more women taking advantage of them – the biggest growth areas in apprenticeships are currently in the digital sector, banking and professional services, such as tax consultancy.”
Jane will also deliver the preliminary findings from our Returners’ Survey on the day. Designed by Jane and OneFile’s Susanna Lawson, the survey has been completed by more than 850 women to date, and aims to help employers gain a better understanding of how to support and develop women returners.
“My background is in further education and the apprenticeship sector, so it’s an area I’ve always been involved in and there have been many exciting changes in recent years,” says Jane.
“I’m looking forward to both talking to employers about how they can tap into the skills of the vast pool of women who want to return to work after having children, and finding out more about the brilliant training and employment opportunities our Successful Mums can access in the future.”
You can find out more about the Celebration of Women in Apprenticeships Conference here.