Women's Empower Programme to be rolled out from June

Programme will be delivered fully online due to college closures and ongoing physical distancing

Members of the EMPOWER 2019/20 pictured in 2019. Back, L to R: Catriona Fahey (Boyle, Roscommon), Suzanne Carney (Claremorris, Mayo), Lou Brennan (Pontoon, Mayo), Finola McDermott (Westport, Mayo), Olga Klofac (Charlestown, Mayo), Janine McGinn (Castlebar, Mayo) Louise Loughlin  (Galway), Nancy O Reilly (Ballyhaunis, Mayo), Anita Patil (Boyle, Roscommon).Front, L to R: Trainer Claire Scanlon (Galway), Anya Aseeva  (Clonbur, Mayo), Deirdre Hardcastle (Ballintubber, Mayo), Asumpta Gallagher (Galway), Aneli Watson (Westport, Mayo), Cepta Mahon (Galway), Maria Staunton, EMPOWER Programme Manager, GMIT.

Members of the EMPOWER 2019/20 pictured in 2019. Back, L to R: Catriona Fahey (Boyle, Roscommon), Suzanne Carney (Claremorris, Mayo), Lou Brennan (Pontoon, Mayo), Finola McDermott (Westport, Mayo), Olga Klofac (Charlestown, Mayo), Janine McGinn (Castlebar, Mayo) Louise Loughlin (Galway), Nancy O Reilly (Ballyhaunis, Mayo), Anita Patil (Boyle, Roscommon).Front, L to R: Trainer Claire Scanlon (Galway), Anya Aseeva (Clonbur, Mayo), Deirdre Hardcastle (Ballintubber, Mayo), Asumpta Gallagher (Galway), Aneli Watson (Westport, Mayo), Cepta Mahon (Galway), Maria Staunton, EMPOWER Programme Manager, GMIT.

EMPOWER, the women’s entrepreneurship programme due to be delivered in the iHubs on GMIT, IT Sligo, and Letterkenny IT campuses in May, will now be delivered fully online from June.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday May 29 and all participants will need to have access to a device (PC or laptop ) and have good broadband. Selected participants will engage online in group discussions and in one-to-one mentoring sessions. Role models will also be introduced along with new modules on leadership and sales.

EMPOWER has been running in the GMIT iHubs since 2017. It is funded by the Department of Justice and Equality, and the European Social Fund, as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

“EMPOWER is helping so many women build confidence, assess skills to implement ideas or scale businesses, and deliver market opportunities," said Maria Staunton, EMPOWER programme manager. "Over 64 women in the West have completed the programme since 2017 and 146 people are currently employed by the businesses full-time and another seven part-time.”

For more information see www.empowerher.ie; www.facebook.com/empowerher.ie; Twitter; and Instagram.

 

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