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The Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group

The Women and Work APPG provides a forum to constructively examine and debate the role that policy makers can play to deliver gender balance within the economy.

About the Group

The Women and Work APPG provides a forum to constructively examine and debate the role that policy makers can play to deliver gender balance within the economy. It also allows Members of Parliament and interested stakeholders to examine the responsibilities of employers and explore what more is required from the private, public and third sectors to deliver the Government’s ambitions for women and work.

The APPG’s first annual report, Women Returners, summarises the findings of the Group’s 2016 programme of activity. The recommendations helped to shape policy with the introduction of £5m funding for returnships in the Spring Budget. In 2017 the APPG conducted an inquiry looking at how the Government’s Industrial Strategy could help to deliver gender balance within the UK economy, and published its second report, Making the Industrial Strategy Work for Women. In 2018 the APPG is looking at How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century, examining proposals to improve female recruitment across the employment and labour market.

Group chairs

Co-Chair
Jess Phillips MP
Labour, Birmingham Yardley

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Jess Phillips has been the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015. She has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable, and spent five years working for Women’s Aid supporting and defending women.

Jess became a councillor in 2012 through the Labour Future Candidates Programme. In this role she worked tirelessly to support residents, with her work being recognised when she became Birmingham’s first ever Victims Champion.

Co-Chair
Gillian Keegan MP
Conservative, Chichester

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Gillian was elected as the MP for Chichester in 2017. Having spent 25 years working and living abroad, working in the manufacturing, banking and IT industries, Gillian switched her focus to politics and was first elected as a local councillor in October 2014. In May 2015 she stood as a parliamentary candidate in St Helens South and Whiston, Merseyside, where she gained second place for the Conservatives for the first time.

Gillian is particularly interested in improving career opportunities for school leavers and attracting more business investment. She is a great advocate for high quality apprenticeships, having started her career as an apprentice at Delco Electronics aged 16 – an opportunity which gave her the right start in life to go on and build a successful career.

Information on all the group’s officers can be found here.

Women and Work APPG opens call for evidence on How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

We have been overwhelmed by the response to our 2018 theme, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century. We know that there are thousands of individuals, organisations and campaigns who have relevant experience, expertise, and insight to share with us.

We know that it is not possible to cover everything through our programme of meetings in Parliament. We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to contribute to the 2018 programme of work examining the recruitment process from start to finish.

If you would like to get involved, please respond to our open call for evidence at any point throughout the year. Submissions are welcome from any interested stakeholder, whether on an individual topic which has been discussed at one of our meetings, or the overall theme.

We would be very grateful if submissions could be as succinct as possible, ideally limited to two sides of A4. We particularly welcome the inclusion of research, statistics, facts and case studies, as well as ideas on recommendations for Government, employers, and employees themselves. Please clearly include the following details:

  • Who you are submitting on behalf of (e.g. yourself, your organisation)
  • Background information on you or your organisation (as appropriate)
  • Contact details (if you wish to be contacted in future).

Please send submissions to womenandworkappg@connectpa.co.uk.

Campaign Updates

Women and Work APPG announces 2018 theme – How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

Women and Work APPG announces 2018 theme – How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

The Women and Work APPG is delighted to announce its 2018 theme, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century. Throughout our work in the past two years we have heard repeatedly from different sources about the ways in which employers struggle to attract and recruit women.

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Women and Work APPG launches 2017 annual report: Making the Industrial Strategy Work for Women

Women and Work APPG launches 2017 annual report: Making the Industrial Strategy Work for Women

The Women and Work APPG has launched its 2017 annual report, Making the Industrial Strategy Work for Women. Throughout 2017 the cross-party group of MPs and Peers conducted an inquiry looking at how the Government’s Industrial Strategy could help to deliver gender balance within the UK economy.

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Women and Work APPG launches its first annual report: Women Returners

Women and Work APPG launches its first annual report: Women Returners

A cross party group of MPs yesterday called on the Government and employers across the country to do more to help women enter and re-enter the workforce.

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View the The Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group Updates Archive »

Breaking the Pattern of Occupational Segregation

Join us at the next meeting of the Women and Work APPG, Breaking the Pattern of Occupational Segregation, on Tuesday 10 July 2018, 16.00 – 17.00 in Committee Room 6.

The meeting will consider the distribution of men and women in different occupational sectors and ways to combat this through the recruitment process. Panel members and attendees will discuss how to encourage more women into traditionally male-dominated sectors, such as STEM, and how to diversify traditionally female-dominated sectors like care and retail. The meeting will also look at some of the key factors often identified as causes of gender segregation, including: skills, training and education, entry barriers, organisational practices, and socialisation and stereotypes.

This is the fourth meeting of our 2018 programme, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century, which is examining the recruitment process from start to finish.

The following speakers are confirmed to sit on the panel:

  • Susan Bowen, Chair, Skills and Diversity Council, techUK
  • Professor Chantal Davies, Director, Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester
  • Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex

Date: Tuesday 10 July 2018
Time: 16.00 – 17.00
Venue: Committee Room 6, House of Commons

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If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Group, please contact Isabella Hunter-Fajardo at the Group’s secretariat on womenandworkappg@connectpa.co.uk.

 

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Group Sponsors

The Group is supported by a range of organisations across the business world who help fund the running of the Group via its secretariat, Connect.

 

Information on all the Group’s sponsors can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Group please contact womenandworkappg@connectpa.co.uk.

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