The Search is on to Find the UK's Working Mum of the Year

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The search is on to find the country’s Working Mum of the Year 2011 and Pitman Training is supporting the award alongside Channel 4’s Fairy Jobmother, also known as recruitment and training expert Hayley Taylor, and Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of the successful Netmums site. The top prize includes a family villa holiday and pampering treats as well as the opportunity to work with Pitman Training over the next 12 months to motivate and inspire other working mums. The winner will be crowned at a prestigious event in November by Hayley Taylor and Olympian Colin Jackson. To nominate go to http://www.workingmumoftheyear.com - closing date is midnight on Sunday 23 October.

The search is on to find the country’s Working Mum of the Year 2011 and Pitman Training is supporting the award alongside Channel 4’s Fairy Jobmother, also known as recruitment and training expert Hayley Taylor, and Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of the successful Netmums site.

The top prize includes a family villa holiday and pampering treats as well as the opportunity to work with Pitman Training over the next 12 months to motivate and inspire other working mums. The winner will be crowned at a prestigious event in November by Hayley Taylor and Olympian Colin Jackson.

The Working Mum of the Year competition is about celebrating the achievements of all working mothers, as Hayley Taylor explains: “It’s a really tough time for families and the pressure’s really on with cuts to benefits and tax credits. Recent figures have also shown that more women are out of work than ever before, mainly because it’s the part-time jobs that are being cut before full-time ones and many working mothers take part-time roles to fit in and around family life.

“Many women need to work to support their families – and want to work – but it’s often difficult to juggle the two. I have huge admiration for all working mums but we are looking to find one special one who can provide inspiration and support to others, and of course, be rewarded for all her hard work. I encourage working mums, and those who know them, to enter the competition.”

The prizes include a family villa holiday in Mallorca – provided by Villa Parade – and pampering treats provided by buyagift.co.uk. The winner will also be invited to share their experiences and offer advice through Pitman Training’s blog and social media sites.

Siobhan Freegard, who is also one of the judges and supporters alongside Hayley Taylor, continued: “Our site’s success is based on mothers supporting other mothers and we know this is a hugely valuable service to working mums in particular. Regardless of the size of their family or their career status, the one thing that we know many working mums have in common is guilt – they often feel they can’t devote enough time to work, children or their partners. So it’s important for working mums to know that this is a really common feeling – and not another thing to feel guilty about!

“We’re all doing our best to get by – working to support our families and to be a great role model to our children - and that’s why I and Netmums are hugely proud to be supporting the Working Mum of the Year award. It’s about recognising all working mums and finding that one special one who can be an inspiration to others.”

Claire Lister, Managing Director of Pitman Training, concluded: Pitman Training is supporting the Working Mum of the Year award because we’re passionate about supporting people into work and we understand that it can be particularly challenging for women with families. We’re not looking for superwoman, but our winner will be doing something special – raising a family, as well as working and being involved with her local community.

“We know that there are many wonderful working mums across the country, and we look forward to receiving their entries – you can either nominate yourself or someone you know.”

To enter or nominate someone for the Working Mum of the Year award, supported by Pitman Training, visiting http://www.workingmumoftheyear.com. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 23 October 2011.

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Issued by Sixteen Hands on behalf of Pitman Training. For further information, interviews or images please contact Clancy Walker at Sixteen Hands on 07966 874796 or email Clancy(at)sixteenhands.co.uk

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