Extra help on offer to promote gender equality in Welsh workplaces
On International Women’s Day, the Minister for European Transition Jeremy Miles announced an additional £6 million investment to improve gender equality in workplaces all over Wales.
The Agile Nation 2 project, delivered by Chwarae Teg and funded through the ESF, has supported 3,498 women and worked with 695 employers so far to promote female career advancement and help reduce the gender pay-gap.
The project, which will now be extended until 2023, supports women in work to develop their careers by delivering accredited leadership qualifications and mentoring, and supports businesses to implement equality strategies and modern working practices.
Counsel General and Minister for European Transition, Jeremy Miles yesterday said:
We are proud of our record of investing in skills to improve people’s prospects of career progression and higher earnings, as well as promoting equality of opportunity in the workplace, and we want to continue this work.
Last month I launched our own proposals for how we could utilise any replacement regional investment funding, which would focus on reducing inequalities and improving our business productivity.
We have a real opportunity to build on work with our partners, and raise prosperity in every part of Wales through ongoing regional investment where funding decisions are made by the Welsh Government, not Westminster. And we must grasp this opportunity with both hands.
Jane Hutt, Minister with responsibility for equalities, yesterday said:
I’m delighted these additional funds have been provided to enable the Agile Nation 2 project to continue to help promote gender equality, focusing on nine key parts within the Welsh economy.
We're really keen to build on the success of previous projects to help more women into leadership roles, and employers to make the most of women's skills. This week we will launch our own plan to advance gender equality in Wales, which challenges us to show leadership and implement long-term change. The Welsh Government is determined to meet this challenge.
Chwarae Teg Chief Executive, Cerys Furlong, yesterday said:
Chwarae Teg is pleased to be able to continue delivering our ESF funded Agile Nation 2 programme in West Wales and the Valleys. There is no doubt that the programme to date has delivered significant value to the Welsh economy hundreds of businesses supported, and thousands of women, across Wales, who have achieved pay rises totalling over £3 million to date.
The businesses we have worked with have told us that they are now more productive and have improved staff recruitment and retention, and the women that we have worked with have reported increased skills and confidence which has enabled them to progress in their careers. We look forward to working with more women and businesses in West Wales and the Valleys over the next 3 years, enabling women to achieve and prosper in the Welsh economy.
Latest News from
Wales approves home abortions during Coronavirus crisis01/04/2020 16:05:00
Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced that women in Wales will have access to abortion services at home during the Coronavirus crisis.
Councils given emergency powers to support NHS with new field hospitals01/04/2020 14:05:00
Councils are being given new powers to support the NHS and increase hospital capacity as Wales responds to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds to be welcomed back to Wales’ health and social care workforce01/04/2020 11:05:00
The Health Minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed that hundreds of health and social care professionals will soon return to their previous careers to help tackle COVID-19.
Letter from Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams31/03/2020 14:05:00
Letter to Welsh Higher Education institutions – 27 March 2020.
New £500 million Economic Resilience Fund launched for Wales31/03/2020 11:05:00
First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday announced a new £500 million fund to provide extra support to the Welsh economy, businesses and charities experiencing a sharp drop in trading as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
NHS staff to get free travel as part of £69m hardship fund deal for public transport31/03/2020 09:05:00
The Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates recently (29 March 2020) announced urgent measures to support public transport through the coronavirus pandemic.
Statement by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales on personal protection equipment30/03/2020 16:05:00
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, recently (28 March 2020) welcomed the announcement of a rapid review into personal protection equipment (PPE) guidance in the UK and updated the latest position in Wales.
New coronavirus smart test for Wales30/03/2020 15:28:00
Health Minister Vaughan Gething recently (28 March 2020) announced plans to introduce a smart test to identify if people have had coronavirus in Wales – helping them get back to work.
Multi-million pound boost to support volunteers and Wales’ most vulnerable30/03/2020 14:05:00
The Welsh Government recently (27 March 2020) announced an initial fund of £24 million to support Wales’ voluntary sector in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Education Minister asks ‘national heroes’ to keep schools open for NHS and carers during school holidays30/03/2020 13:28:00
Education Minister Kirsty Williams recently (Saturday, March 28) called on school staff to do what they can to keep schools open for NHS staff and carers during the two weeks that should have been the Easter holidays.