LEVEL OF EDUCATION
- Lower secondary
- Upper secondary
Time 4 Me Programme
Chelsea and Sarah are both young, single mums from North Belfast. The friends heard about the programme through WOMEN'STEC's social media and started attending together in 2019. They love the fact that they can drop their children off our on-site creche and describe the childcare provision as 'an absolute lifeline'. "I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't been able to come to WOMEN'STEC and get some time to myself. It's brilliant being able to drop the kids off into creche at the same place. I don't worry as much because I know I'm nearby. I've learned lots of new things, but I think carpentry was my favourite. I was really proud that I built something from scratch myself. It was really therapeutic."
One of our students said: "If it wasn't for this programme I never would have visited places like the Orange Heritage Centre. I learned a lot from this and it helped me understand why their culture is so important to them. It opened my eyes a bit. I loved learning about history and the the Suffrage workshop was brilliant. The mosaics class was was great for getting to know people and we talked a lot and got very close. One of the women's husband had died and she had no one to go on holiday with so she came with us to Sligo and now we are firm friends. We hadn't met before the programme. It was great to be involved with such a diverse group in a safe environment where we felt safe to give our opinions and were happy to listen to others.
#NotJustForBoys is our targeted programme to challenge misconceptions and to encourage girls to consider opportunities in sectors that offer flexibility and wider career choices.
Shannon came to WOMEN’STEC for help in securing a plumbing apprenticeship in December 2019. Her initial placement with a small plumbing firm had been ended abruptly just a few months in, and Shannon had to make over 100 calls trying to find an alternative. All these calls were unsuccessful, with many firms assuming she was a boy, or saying she was too late to start with them as they only took apprentices at the beginning of their studies. Finally she contacted WOMEN’STEC for assistance, and we were able to place her with the Housing Executive Northern Ireland. She made a successful start with the team there, and has been supported by colleagues across the department, who she sees as a new family. She has also enjoyed meeting her new clients, who are enjoying seeing a woman learning a trade.