A fully funded project promoting the digital growth of women's led businesses in the local area.

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About the project

Primary contact: Stella McKnight

Women in Digital Enterprise (WiDE) is one strand of the University of Winchester's HEFCE-funded Social Mobility Pipeline to Degree Apprenticeship Project (detailed below). Our aim is to support 100 women-led businesses to be set up and to grow. WiDE is a fully funded programme, supported by NatWest Bank and Strategic Partners.

The WiDE Programme aims, through six workshops, to introduce delegates to new ways to think about business growth, collaboration and utilising the skills of Higher Degree Digital Apprentices to help them achieve their growth ambitions.

The programme runs over six sessions with five of those sessions taking place in the regional location and the final day of the programme at the University of Winchester Business School.

The three locations are:

  • Destination Basingstoke, BASINGSTOKE
  • Woking Works: Export House, WOKING

The six workshops are free to attendees. 

Our Programme focuses on addressing social exclusion.  WiDE is specifically designed to help women’s led businesses overcome traditional ways of working that do not take full account of the powerful dynamics of digital ‘connectivity’ with respect to enlarging their potential to make a lasting social and economic contribution.

Visit the WiDE website for more information and to apply.

The Social Mobility Pipeline to Degree Apprenticeships Project

The University of Winchester was successful in leading a bid to link two major Government priorities in the interests of the region’s employers and those with the potential to take advantage of the Apprenticeship route, including to Degree Apprenticeships.

The Social Mobility to Degree Apprenticeships Pipeline project was launched with many of the University’s partners on 8 November 2017 by Professor Neil Marriott and Professor Pru Marriott at the University’s Business School.

Project aims

The project aim is to build a pipeline between those who are currently failing to progress to Degree Apprenticeships and employers who are seeking higher skills and a broader pool of applicants.

The project will:

  • Identify and support those people who have been seriously under-represented in apprenticeships
  • Offer employers a wider group of applicants from more diverse backgrounds
  • Make Degree Apprenticeships an exemplar of diversity and widening participation
  • Build the capacity locally to deliver collectively and collaboratively the higher skills employers need today and in the future

Project Strands

Strand 1

Develop (3) Degree Apprenticeship pathways for ‘hard to reach’ young people

Strand 2

Increase women’s business growth through Digital Degree Apprenticeships

Strand 3

Establish full stakeholder engagement and business model

Strand 4

Pilot the widening diversity agenda on recruitment

Strand 5

Seamless integration by HE and FE to establish and deliver the higher level skills progression routes needed by regional employers to compete on a global scale

Strand 6

Establish the Centre for Apprenticeship Research and Knowledge Exchange (CARKE)