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Saturday, 16 February, 2002, 16:33 GMT
Women build work confidence
Woman factory worker
Given the opportunities, women prosper at work
Women trade unionists have been attending a special confidence building seminar in north Wales.

Research by the TUC has revealed that a lack of confidence is one of the key barriers preventing women from getting ahead in work and in community life.

The event has been designed to allow women to participate in a relaxed atmosphere and to learn confidence building techniques and receive advice.
Baroness Jay
Baroness Jay helped advance the cause of working women

It is the latest in a series of initiatives to aid working women, follow a visit to Wales three years ago by the then Women's Minister Baroness Jay.

The day aims to boost women's assertiveness, aid personal development, build confidence levels and offer new learning opportunities.

Wales TUC spokeswoman Donna Hutton said: "Our research across Wales has shown that lack of confidence is a barrier to learning and women getting involved in their community or workplace.

"The aim of the event is to provide any women with an opportunity to enjoy themselves.

Workplace opportunities

"The sessions on assertiveness and personal development will help to boost confidence in themselves and their abilities."

The Llandudno seminar - which follows a similar open day in Cardiff - has been funded by the Welsh Assembly's Wales Union Learning Fund, which offers opportunities in the workplace.

Trade unions have worked alongside the assembly in delivering results for the administration's lifelong learning agenda.

The union learning fund has paid for learning projects at firms including LG Electronics, BAe, the assembly and among small and medium sized (SME) businesses.

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