Aspire2lead (A2L)

is an exciting new project part-funded by the European Social Fund. The project is designed to address gender inequality and support women to achieve their potential and contribute to the growth of businesses in the York and North Yorkshire LEP Area. Aspire-igen are working in partnership with Beyond 2030 and Yorkshire In Business to deliver a range of support with a holistic approach, with each individual or organisation able to access a number of strands on offer to suit their needs and goals.

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Click here to read more about each of the 12 strands of aspire2lead

Through a package of 12 inter-connected interventions, A2L offers training and support to employed/self-employed women to tackle specific barriers to equality and enable them to progress in the workforce. The project also supports SMEs to adopt more equality-based values, processes, systems and structures that help them to attract and retain women into their workforce.

A2L is offering the following interventions to women in employment/self-employment; Women Leadership Training, Women Returner Support, Women Support Networks, Women Ambassadors, Aspiring Young Women (ages 19-30), Influencer training (in schools, colleges and universities) and Women Entrepreneurs (ages 50+).

For SMEs we can offer support to establish/implement; Women ‘Returnships’, Gender pay gap analysis and Action Plans, Organisational Transformation, Sponsorship programmes and Tackling Gender Stereotypes support.

Please note, for individuals to be eligible they must be in employment, have the right to live and work in the UK and be 19 years of age or above. SMEs must be able to prove that they have fewer than 250 employees to receive support.

For further information call our team on 01904 652 157 or email