account3 was established in 1991 by 3 local women, a computer programmer, an accountant and a teacher, who saw that other local women were struggling to be heard and believed there was a need for women to work together to overcome the barriers faced by developing sustainable solutions.

account3's timeline of Innovation

account3 was established in 1991 by 3 local women, a computer programmer, an accountant and a teacher,  who saw that other local women were struggling to be heard and believed there was a need for women to work together to overcome the barriers faced by developing sustainable solutions. 

1991 Established office at St Margaret's House in Bethnal Green, London and the first job search provision for women in London.
1992 Carried out skills audit on several local housing estates to establish need and aspirations of local women and sought funding from EU via Horizons Programme to set up women training programmes and sustain the job search programme. account3 also supported the local authority to establish its first job search provision from Roman Road using the model tested by account3 in St Margaret’s House.
Set up ESOL classes for women on local housing estates and in the primary schools.
1994 Set up UK's first women’s driving Instructors course, ADI project, with funding from Europe and Bethnal Green City Challenge . This programme ran for 6 years and supported over 80 BME women to become professional driving instructors.  Mostly the women were from workless families and all went on to train their partners to become driving instructors or pay for them to become black cab drivers, creating significant income for the whole family.
1994 Set up the first women’s co-operative driving school, Women In Tuition Stepney Ltd, in the country and probably Europe.
1994 Established a relationship with Meiji University, a leading Japanese university looking at supporting change from a mono culture to multi cultural nation through co-operation  
1995 Worked in partnership with London ICOM on setting up framework for Social Enterprise Development.
1997 Trialled Tower Hamlets first micro credit programme in partnership with QSA, Environment Trust and HFA. This 5 year programme designed the exit strategy to set up an independent loan provider and led to the establishment of  FAIR FINANCE one of the main provider of micro credits in London.
1998 Established the first women’s enterprise programme in Tower Hamlets, supporting 100 women per year to set up in businesses from Marine Insurance to Home Stay provision.
1999 Direct delivery of vocational training courses with centre accreditation with exam bodies.
2000 Acquired the lease on derelict factory in Birkbeck Street  and used ERDF funds matched to Home Office Connecting Communities Fund to build new training rooms and an in-house crèche for clients.
2000 Raised £5 million for delivery of training, employability and capacity building services to be shared amongst LBTH voluntary sector.
2001 Established Advice services to support retention and achievement.
2001 Moved into Birkbeck Street and improved vocational training for women in the borough particularly in the areas of child and social care.
2003 Set up a publishing outlet which enabled us to write and published a number of books by and for women
2005 Invited by Trinidad and Tobago Government to establish a framework for Women’s Enterprise Provision in the Caribbean, Culminating in Enabling Enterprise, a Caribbean-wide Social Enterprise Conference
2006 Engaged with 160 unemployed Somali women to train for work with children with 100 gaining level 2 childcare qualifications and 50 moving into paid work as nursery staff, teaching assistants, crèche workers and play workers. To date all but 1 of those women are still employed and in contact with us.
2008 Selected by Government Office for London and the Equalities DG in Brussels as "Best project for equalities across European objective 2 regions".
2008 Engaged with 100 BME women seeking to move up the career ladder from entry level jobs to supervisory roles. Of which,100 women gained level3 childcare qualifications (CCLD L3, IAG L3 and Institute of Leadership & Management L3. 50 moved from unemployment into work and 50 gained higher level jobs.
2009 Invited to Japan by Meiji University on a 10 day lecture tour - ‘Social Enterprise :  a tool for Driving Change’. Lectures delivered to post graduate economics students, Government Ministers and Regeneration Think Tank.
2009 Moved into newly built state of the art Birkbeck Street premises. The new building houses a nursery for full day care as well as training rooms, indoor garden and a play area.
2010 Participated in the Future Jobs Fund which created 44 jobs for young unemployed people in Tower Hamlets. 70% are still employed  after 2 years.  The success was due to the detailed preplanning and designing the FJF posts to create an income, which would sustain the employment. 100% achievement on Train to Gain contracts.
2011 In partnership with Women's Health and Families Services, WHFS, account3 established the accredited Doula Training.
Touring Japan as part of a global research team.
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