To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) disabled and (b) black, Asian and minority ethnic group women who have returned to the labour market as a result of funding from the Women Returners programme.
Three rounds of funding for Returner Grants have been announced since March 2018, with £1.5 million now awarded to sixteen organisations supporting returners. These programmes provide extensive support to returners, supporting them to develop skills, build confidence, and complete accredited qualifications and training, before they return to the labour market.
Programmes funded under the Returners Grant Fund will capture data on the protected characteristics of participants as part of programme evaluation. This will include ethnicity, disability, age, education and length of unemployment. Evaluation reports will be published upon the completion of all returner programmes funded by GEO.