This forum provides a place for organisations to come together, share information, resources and work in collaboration to deliver better employment and wrap around support for women. Open to ERSA members and guests.

Forum: Employment Support for Women

Date, time: Monday 11 October, 11am  -12.30pm
Chair: Liz Sewell, Director of the GRoW Programme

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The Government has launched a consultation in to the right to request flexible working from day one.
Flexible working can be particularly valuable for those who need to balance their personal lives with their working lives, including those with caring responsibilities. It can also bring benefits to employers – attracting more applicants and increasing productivity and motivation levels among staff. How can we as a sector support more women, carers and others with a need flexible working to return to work. Join ERSA Board member and Director of the GRoW Programme, Liz Sewell along with Sarah Jackson OBE, a UK expert on Flexible working, see Sarah’s impressive bio below. Also on the agenda, we’ll discuss the Restart Scheme so far and any specific issues affecting women arising along with the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and supporting women through local projects.

Sarah Jackson OBE was the CEO of the work-life charity Working Families for twenty-four years and now acts as a policy expert across a range of issues. She has strongly campaigned for the right to request flexible working, maternity and paternity leave and lobbied against gender discrimination at work.

Her innovation has led to the creation of various initiatives such as: Go Home On Time Day, the Happy to Talk Flexible Working recruitment initiative, and she kick-started flexible change in Scotland when she co-founded the Family Friendly Working Scotland campaign.

As well as this, Sarah is Deputy Chair of the Insuring Women’s Futures, a Trustee of Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls and was awarded an OBE for services to quality of life issues in 2007.

Webinar: Women, the covid recession and making sure the Restart Programme delivers sustainable employment
Date, time: Thursday 10 December, 1-2.30pm

Watch again via ERSA’s YouTube Channel here. 

Some other links and resources shared in the meeting are also included below.

Women’s Budget Group

Care led recovery

ONS data on unpaid work after first lockdown

Universal Credit and In-Work Conditionality  – a productive turn?

Women’s Enterprise Policy Group

Institute for Employment Studies – Slides