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Advice Skills Academy

The Advice Skills Academy is an innovative project supported by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF), that will build the skills and knowledge of staff within the Citizens Advice services in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) .

The Advice Skills Academy will be delivered by a consortia of local Citizen Advice Bureaus (see below) and The Women’s Organisation are proud to offer support as the lead and accountable partner of the project.  The Women's Organisation were chosen as the lead for the Advice Skills Academy due to reputation and track record in the Liverpool City Region as well as capacity, skill and significant experience as project lead and accountable body status through ERDF and ESF for both UK and EU directorate programmes.


Participating Citizens Advice services are:

  • Citizens Advice East Liverpool
  • Citizens Advice Halton
  • Citizens Advice Knowsley
  • Citizens Advice North Liverpool
  • Citizens Advice St Helens
  • Citizens Advice South Liverpool
  • Citizens Advice Sefton


The Advice Skills Academy (ASA) project will develop a co-ordinated approach to identifying learning and development needs of staff with Citizens Advice services; develop a calendar of training opportunities to meet the needs of staff; identify other learning and development opportunities, including e-learning, coaching and mentoring; and support the development of learning organisations that are responsive to the needs of staff, volunteers, and their learning, development and progression goals.

Funded until September 2019, the ASA project will work with 540 people, and will make sure that BME, disabled, over-50’s, lone parents, and women are engaged and able to benefit from the project.



More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker


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