“I’ve been out of work. I’ve had what I call a “2 string career” because I’ve been in a career for 30 years and then worked in a different company for about 5 or 6 years. I had to retire from that due to ill health…and moved to Wales. I was looking to get into doing my crafting... So I found the course and thought this would be – I’d sort of been selling bits and pieces here and there I’ve always been doing that – a bit of this and a bit of that - but not as an actual business. The self-employed status came from my previous job…”
"Completing the Wave Project short course ‘Identifying & Assessing Business Ideas’ allowed me to confirm that my idea would work, gave me insight into what needed to be considered, and what constraints I may find in completing a working business plan. It made me see and think of other opportunities I could take and introduced me to a network of like minded people. All the student were able to offer each other advice and help in there reaching our goal."
“I would recommend the course because it was delivered in a lovely relaxed, supportive environment. I don’t think people realised, the other students, realised how relaxed and supportive environment was. I don’t know if it was some of their first experience of higher education but it was delivered in a supportive, relaxed environment. The lecturers were really supportive as well and I would recommend it. And they were entrepreneurs themselves, you know and you learnt a lot from them and they were quite inspiring in themselves.”
The aim of the WAVE programme is to understand and ‘interrupt’ the ways in which gender pay inequalities are consistently reproduced through occupational segregation in employment and self employment, through the ways in which ‘women’s work is contracted’ and through the operation of pay systems.
The WAVE programme has now concluded after 3 successful years. There are still loads of fantastic organisations that you can get involved with, take a look!Signposting
Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE)
Central Management Team
The University of South Wales
Faculty of Business, Law, Accounting, Humanities and Social Sciences
Pontypridd, Wales - UK