Women encouraged to sign up for Social Enterprise Academy

WOMEN IN MORAY are being encouraged to sign up to a 12-day Social Enterprise Academy being planned for Forres later this year.

Moray Council’s Employability Programme have teamed up with ReBoot to offer the ‘Wide Horizons’ programme in Forres that is aimed at those who are out of work.

The programme seeks to build on existing strengths and the ability to recognise new opportunities to progress into work or education.

A spokesman for the initiative said: “Although it’s at ReBoot it’s not all about taking computers to pieces! Social enterprise is a way of doing business that puts people first, but as a practitioner provides a chance for people to gain skills, confidence and experience in a supportive workplace, which is all about developing a person’s existing strengths.”

There are no barriers in terms of age or gender – in fact the majority of directors of social enterprise companies are female, which is very different to profit-making businesses where the figure is typically about 20%.

Organiser Rachel Farmer said she is particularly keen to see more women get involved in the Wide Horizons programme at ReBoot, describing it as ‘great fun, and can often be life changing’.

Rachel added: “We create a really supportive environment, where participants feel able to ‘be themselves’ and gain confidence.”

The 12-day course will be spread over two months and will begin in May. The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

More details on the Academy can be found on its website or by calling 01463 238088 or an Email to rachelfarmer@socialenterprise.academy.