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Project information

Women of Excellence Employment Programme

This project develops women from migrant communities, socially, emotionally and academically in order to trigger motivation and make permanent and meaningful changes. The aim of this project is to teach women from migrant communities basis skills to introduce them into the labour market.

June 2013 - March 2014

Charity information: Centre for Equality and Diversity

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  • Need


    There are 500 women from various migrant communities residing within the Dudley borough. Over 50% are women. The majority of these women are between the ages of 20-40 years old are unemployed and finding it difficult to enter the labour market. The project is most likely to lead to less marginalisation isolation and community tension as women will develop greater self esteem and confidence.


    Participants will attend 10 workshops with a qualified advisor to prepare them for their placement with a local business, including soft touch techniques such as interview techniques. In between and after the workshops they will also receive 1 to 1 advice with a qualified advisor before being matched with a local employer to undertake a placement. Placements will be for a minimum of 1 day per week for 6 weeks (average 2-3 days per week)

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Teach 20 women from migrant communities the skills to enable them to enter the labour market.


    » Women will attend 10 employment workshops ie CV creation and interview techniques.
    » Women will be given a placement with a local employer within the area that's as close to their chosen career as possible.
    » Women will have an action plan and culturally appropriate and timely advice to improve employment opportunities.

    What success will look like

    The success of this aim will be demonstrated by participants accessing the labour market, better prepared job applications and a more skilled workforce.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will include fewer women reliant on welfare benefits, families living above the poverty line and women making a tangible contribution to local civic society.


    Employers could be unwilling to support the project and beneficiaries could become demotivated after trying and leave the project.

    To prevent these risks Employers will be given hands on support where necessary and staff will be in regular contact with them. Having several activities may prevent demotivation amongst beneficiaries.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Advice Costs of qualified instructors and Advisors
      £1,500 Room Hire Roomhire costs for workshops
      £1,500 Subsistance Includes Travel Contributions for participants/Childcare
  • Background


    Dudley Borough has a population of approximately 312900, 5.9% of which come from a minority group and 2% of residents have been in the UK for less than 10 years. The wards in which migrants are, are in the top 10% deprived wards across the UK. These include Kates Hill, Brierley Hill, Netherton, Woodside and Halesowen North.


    Women from migrant communities who have been granted leave to remain in the UK including former asylum seekers and refugees from areas such as Central Africa, Iraq and Iran.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CfED has a vast experience and knowledge of project management of different kinds of projects. Since 2006 we have successfully managed projects to the value of 1 Million through funding from Big Lottery, The Home Ofiicer, Time Together and Local Governament and a refugee mentoring programme funded by UKBA and the Refugee Council.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kenneth Rodney

    Chief Executive of the Centre for Equality and Diversity from 2006.

    Thierry Barholere

    5 Estates Project Coordinator - Has been working with migrants and refugees for CfED for 4 years

    Volunteers From Women Of Excellence Group

    Volunteers from the group will be helping to develop the structure of the project.