Free training programme for parents seeking to work from home
Have you ever considered working from home as a ‘Virtual Assistant’, or in a similar flexible role?
Our free Explore Enterprise programme is open for applications!
Virtual Assistants (VAs) work from home, providing a range of administrative services to other small businesses. Most VAs are self-employed, choosing the hours they want to work. For example, we don’t schedule workshops close to school-run times, or in the school holidays. And we record most workshops for you to watch back later if you do miss one.
The programme offers
Weekly online workshops with expert trainers. Topics include planning your business, marketing using tools like Facebook and LinkedIn, what you’ll need to set up, and what records to keep. We also have sessions helpful for parents wanting to return to work – including how to create a great CV and where to look for remote jobs. Workshops take place mid-December 2021 to March 2022
Supportive, 1:1 career coaching. We can help you think through your career goals, explore whether being a VA is right for you, look at other flexible work options, help you find courses or training, build confidence about returning to work – and lots more.
Online volunteering placements available with friendly organisations. Doing a placement is optional, but many parents find that it can help boost their confidence after a gap away from work. We find placements to fit the person, focusing on the skills you want to develop and the time you have available.
Peer meetups. We host optional, online ‘coffee breaks’ – so you can get to know the other course participants and share ideas.
To apply for the free programme, you need to be
Living in Norfolk or Suffolk
Aged 18+ (people of all ages have taken part in the programme, from people in their 20s to their 60s)
Able to live and work in the UK
We’re especially keen to hear from you if you are a single parent, carer, over 50, or have a health condition or disability.
myworkhive is a very small, friendly local social enterprise run by mum-of-two Lucy Elkin. Lucy set up myworkhive to help more people find flexible work that fits their lives. We are able to offer free places on this programme thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and Norfolk and Suffolk Council’s LIFT programme.