Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jobless women to get support from new travel industry initiative

An initiative to help unemployed women find jobs in travel and tourism has been launched by social enterprise, Women in Travel.

Working with homelessness charity Crisis, Women in Travel will support and train women who have been out of work but see the travel and tourism industry as a career option.

Companies partnering on the initiative include MTR Crossrail, Georgian House Hotel, UnderTheDoormat, digital marketers Digital Dialog and Diamondair.

Companies pay a membership fee that goes towards the set up and training. In exchange, companies enjoy benefits, including being able to display the Women Returners Logo and getting free mentoring training for employees.

Recruitment fees will eventually be paid when the women are fully employed.

Those enrolled on the 'Women Returners' programme will be given a one-week training course where employers can meet and interview them with the view to providing either full time jobs or a short term, paid internships at the end of the programme.

The first 'Women Returners' programme begins on January 29.

Founder of Women in Travel, Alessandra Alonso said: "This is a first for the industry and I am very excited about the opportunities that the sector can offer to these women who want to be economically active but have been prevented by sometimes challenging, personal circumstances."

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