We’ve launched our brand-new bespoke courses onto an online platform where women-in-business and aspiring women-in-business will be able to access business and skills training wherever they are located.
In response to the Covid pandemic and resulting lockdown situation in 2020, we instantly took to online provision and support for the women in our network when the usual face-to-face delivery could not continue.
Statistics last year showed that women were one of the society groups hit hardest by the pandemic, with additional pressures to cope with including unpaid work such as home-schooling and caring responsibilities, along with those many women already running businesses who faced instant closure and lack of financial support. The London School of Economics stated that the UK government “consistently failed” to consider gender impacts on women during its Covid-19 response.
We continued to adapt to the global situation, which allowed us to research and further explore the needs of women-in-business and women with entrepreneurial skills who would like to start their own business.
Starting on 28th June 2021, Roots and Shoots Online is a six-month training course for women who have just started or would like to start their own business. The course is centred around self-directed learning along with online group work, helping women in their peer group to connect and learn together on their business journeys. The development for our courses was funded by the Walney Extension Community Grant Fund.
Attendees will be able to complete the course at their own pace within each month, through course content videos and tasks to complete.
Our second course, Bloom and Grow Online also launches on Monday 28th June. This is a six-month training course, designed for women who have already been running their own business for 12 months or more and who would like to grow their business in a sustainable way.
Women who would benefit most from both of these courses are those who enjoy working as part of a small group of other like-minded women for mutual support. Regular online meet-ups are included each month, which complement the course content, where women will be set goals and tasks to keep them on track with their business, as well as share homework, successes and challenges. Each attendee is paired with another group member to work with throughout the course, as an accountability and support partner. This helps women in business to improve their skills, mindset and network and take charge of their future.
“In our continued work for women within our network on the Covid recovery agenda, we are delighted to be able to offer our valuable business training courses online, meaning that our supportive and creative methods are accessible and open to women wherever they are located.
“We want to be able to build back better for women, post-pandemic and strive for an equal playing field for women in business in particular. Our new online courses –the popular start-up course, Roots and Shoots, and our business growth course, Bloom and Grow, will allow women running businesses to access self-directed training to help build and grow sustainable businesses, whilst contributing to the economy.”Jane Binnion, founding director of The Growing Club CIC
You can find out more about these amazing opportunities to learn business training skills via our course hub site here. Please do drop Rebecca a message with any questions –firstname.lastname@example.org