Opportunity First

Shama Women's Training Centre has been successfully running for the past 22 years and has continued to meet the demands of the priority group. The Centres primary aim is to empower women to be more active economically, educationally and socially. We offer training in various textile and personal development skills which develop knowledge, confidence and personal skills such as communication, mentoring and participation

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1087995)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



We aim to provide sewing training alongside personal development training covering Teamwork, Equal Opportunities and Speaking and Listening. Our target group is predominantly unemployed women with low self esteem, from BME and deprived communities. The aim of this project is to tackle unemployment and empower disadvantaged women with skills, which will be invaluable to them in seeking employment. Where required, the trainees will also be offered information, advice and guidance sessions by a qualified IAG worker in order to maximise learning opportunities and employment prospects. On completion of the programme, the trainees will achieve a QCF qualification – level 1 Certificate in progression or an OCN level 1 qualification depending on their eligibility. As a result they will be able to progress onto full or part time employment, join further education courses or attain self-employment. We have developed a highly efficient monitoring system to record achievements and progression routes. Over the years we have successfully trained a great number of women who have mastered new skills, achieved an accreditation and progressed onto employment or further education.