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Cherie Blair: give apprenticeships to stay-at-home Mums

Louise Allain, 21 October, 2013

In a recent article for a family charity, Mrs Blair suggests that mums who have been absent from the workforce for some time are given 'returnerships', apprentice-style programmes that help re-introduce them to the workplace, whilst caring for their children.

Stay-at-home mothers should get government-funded training and subsidized salaries to encourage them to return to work and boost the economy, Cherie Blair has said.

Increasing the number of women working would, she says, be a boost to the recovering economy. Cherie Blair herself is a QC who is married to the former prime minster Tony Blair.

In a recent article for a family charity Mrs Blair suggests that mums who have been absent from the workforce for some time are given 'returnerships', apprentice-style programmes that help re-introduce them to the workplace, whilst caring for their children. Mrs Blair goes on to argue that employers should offer more part-time, parent-friendly jobs that 'tempt' these women back to work.

Mrs Blair's arguments are in part shared by the CEO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, who earlier this year, talked about the fact that companies need to have more frank discussions with employees as to whether they intended to have children and also for employers to accommodate gender issues that effect the workplace scenario.

Cherie however did add that in our current society those Mothers who do choose to stay at home, should not feel judged or disadvantaged by the choice they make.

Read Georgia Graham of The Telegraph's full article in The Telegraph