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Women in the Workplace

TrainE-TraidE, together with Wizo UK, will once again be holding the 'Women in the Workplace Conference'.  The event is aimed primarily at women looking to return to work and women business owners starting or already running businesses.  As part of the implementation of the recommendations of the report from the JLC Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership the conference will include a range of networking opportunities.

TrainE-TraidE is a non-profit organisation promoting entrepreneurship and assisting people into employment through our training qualifications and job readiness programmes. What started as a community-based initiative is now a communal hub for training, employment and business. In 2011 we saw over 1700 people, assisting them with training or into jobs and business.

With the current recession and the spate of redundancies there are significant pressures on women to work, create and run their own businesses and juggle increasing financial, professional and personal demands. With all these conflicting demands on women the idea of the conference was developed.  The conference is intended to give women a forum to consider their careers and businesses while networking, meeting and listening to other like-minded women.  

The conference was held for the first time last year with over 100 attendees and a range of highly regarded speakers, including Karen Mattison (Women Like Us, now Timewise) and Samantha Simmonds (Sky News).  Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive – with the only negative comment being that the day needed to be longer.  Attendees commented on how the conference had made a real difference to their professional lives, how it gave them ‘time to really consider their careers and businesses and think about the steps needed to move forward’.

Participants also spoke about the value of networking in this kind of forum.  One participant said that networking was critical to professional success, and while men typically made it a central part of their job women, with all their other non-work commitments, didn’t prioritise it – often to their detriment.  It was beneficial to take the time to learn new skills, while simultaneously meeting and building up links with other women in similar positions’.

This year’s conference looks set to be even bigger and better with some interesting additions to the workshops.  A number of great speakers are already signed up giving both inspirational talks as well as really practical skills building sessions. Speakers include: Debbie Klein, CEO, Engine Group; Louise Jacobs, CEO, LJCC; Naomi Conway, Senior Counsel, Pentland Brands; Jenny Arwas MBE, HR Director, BT; Ruth Renton, Owner, Renton Associates; Sharon Jaffe, Owner, Jaffe Blend; Katerina Gould, Founder, Thinking Potential; Elissa Bayer, Investment Director, Williams de Broë Ltd, and more.

Participants will pre-book workshops based on their requirements.  In addition to the workshops there will be one-to-one advice clinics to discuss CVs, Career Advice, Business Planning and Employment Advice and more.  Another exciting addition to this year’s programme is an ‘Ideas Lab’ where women business owners will be invited to pitch their businesses to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs.

The conference will take place on 21st November 2012 in North London at Pentland Brands plc, Lakeside, Squires Lane.

For more information and to book please contact reception@traine-traide.org.uk or call 0208 371 3280.  Reservations close on 10th November 2012.