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Women Returners' Network Chelmsford College
Moulsham Street
Essex CM2 0JQ
Phone: 01245 263796
Fax: 01245 491712

This ninth version is the first that has been set-up online. It has been updated by Andrea Lohner, WRN's Research Assistant.

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Training providers

Local Enterprise Councils
Local Enterprise Councils cover the various Scottish Regions, operating within a policy framework set by their co-ordinating body Scottish Enterprise. Each LEC has its own contact with Scottish Enterprise and each provides the local focus and knowledge to develop employment and training initiatives within its own area and to innovate and adapt national programmes.

Local Enterprise Councils are listed in the Organisation Addresses database. There are now different Scottish Enterprises for different areas of the country. The one is Glasgow is based at:

Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow,
tel 0141 2041111, fax 0141 2481600,
The network help-line 0845 6078787, email


Training for Work
Training for Work is founded by the Department for Education and Employment and is delivered through local Training and Enterprise Councils (England and Wales) and Local Enterprise Councils (Scotland).


Citizens Advice Bureaux: CAB Training,
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux,
3rd Floor, Block D, Portland House, New Bridge Street, NE1 8AN,
tel 0191 2330700, fax 0191 2330722, website

If you become a volunteer in any of the 1000+ CAB outlets you will receive professional training both in interviewing and in finding the information the client needs. All advisers attend CAB Basic Training, which takes place in-bureau as well as through a series of training courses provided by NACAB at 59 venues in England and Wales. Regular update courses are held to brief advisers on new legislation and helping particular clients. CAB training equips new workers to make full use of the CAB Information System, which contains over 1 200 subject headings and thousands of pages of guidance. Subjects covered range from welfare benefits to consumer rights and housing problems to legal matters. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact the CAB direct or the NACAB website. CAB Training is accredited with the open college network.


Women's Training Network,
Women's Training Network, Northway Centre, Dora Carr Close, Oxford, OX3 9RF,
tel 01865 741317, fax 01865 742199, website

WTN is a national, non-profit-making membership organisation and a Sector Co-ordinator of Objective 3 of the European Social Fund. WTN promotes targeted vocational training to disadvantaged women in areas where they are substantially under-represented such as electronics, information technology and construction.


Workers` Educational Association,
Temple House, 17 Victoria Park Square, London E2 9PB,
tel 0208 983 1515

The WEA is a voluntary, democratic and nation-wide organisation, which aims to stimulate and satisfy the demand for education and to further its advancement. Women's education is among the key areas promoted by WEA branches. It offers a variety of courses including Return to Learn/Access/Confidence Building and Assertiveness/IT and vocational training/Women's Studies and other tailored courses. There are no entrance requirements or exams. Costs are kept to a minimum and, where possible, childcare facilities are provided. For more details, contact the Women's Co-ordinator in the various English and Scottish Districts, listed in Organisation Addresses.

WEA Women's National Co-ordinator: 188 Scunthorpe Road, Sheffield S1 1RT tel 0114 2551504


Working for a Charity,
The Peel Centre, Percy Circus, London, WC1X 9EY,
tel 0207 8338220, fax 0207 8331820, email, website

Working for A Charity provides training and information for people wishing to transfer their skills to the voluntary sector. Our courses combine a 20-day voluntary work placement in a host charity with 7 seminar days.


Young Women's Christian Association,
Youth and Community Department, 52 Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EJ, tel 01865 726110 Contact: Caroline McCleary

The YWCA runs adult education courses for women. These courses are focused on personal, social and vocational education. They concentrate on the needs of the individual, particularly in regard to accessibility and offer a range of options for women. Courses for women who wish to gain access to the employment market are offered within YWCA centres throughout the UK.

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