Members of the ‘100 Women First’ project in Bridgwater have become movie stars while filming a new nationwide government film.

The project, run by Sedgemoor District Council’s Employment and Skills Centre ‘Under Construction’, aims to help local women fulfil their employment potential by improving their skills, confidence and wellbeing.

Caroline Derrick, the district council’s Employment, Skills and Training Manager, said the results so far have been “amazing”.

She added: “Some 84 women signed up as members in the first five months.

“We have assisted 11 of our members into paid work, helped three start-up businesses to get off the ground and referred 24 women to Positive People projects.

“We focus on many different areas of our members’ lives and it has been great to see them grow in confidence and self-belief.”

Somerset and Hinkley partnership manager for the Department for Work and Pensions, Ali Porter, MBE, introduced the video with an account of how the 100 Women First idea came about and the collaboration between the project team and the government group.

After a piece from Ms Derrick, several of the members described their experiences and how the project had supported them.

Project officer Tracey Armstrong-Stacey talked about the speakers, events and activities organised to prepare the women for accredited courses and the workplace.

Ms Derrick concluded: “This is a unique project designed to tackle gender pay disparity and the under representation of women in traditionally male dominated roles,.

“100 Women First speaks for itself with its positive outcomes and ability to change lives.”

The project runs until March 2020.

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