President: The Countess Of Bective

The Objects of the Bureau - How it Finds Employment for Women - Its Value to Employers - Work already Accomplished - The Fees - Course of Training - "The Workers' Bookshop " - Loan Fund

The objects of the bureau are: i. To prevent unemployment, and the evils resulting therefrom.

2. To help women, especially those of good education, to help themselves by guiding them into suitable permanent work.

3. To promote the training of the unprepared, and thus to raise the general standard of efficiency.

4. To maintain records of women desiring employment, and of employers having vacancies.

5. To collect and circulate information on occupations suitable for educated girls.

6. To study and record the fluctuations of demand and supply in various occupations.

7. To publish advertisement lists, newspapers, and other printed matter, by which the purposes of the society may be advanced.

8. To promote and cooperate with other bureaux and societies having objects wholly or partly similar.

What the Bureau can Do for a Girl Wishing to Earn her own Living

1. It can tell her of some hundred professions open to women.

2. It can help her to choose the one for which she is best fitted.

3. It can tell her where to obtain the necessary training if she is not already fully qualified, and can warn her of fraudulent training.

4. It can usually, if money is a difficulty, help her to obtain a loan to cover her cost of training, repayable in small instalments when she is in a post.

5. It can introduce her to a probable employer.

6. It can tell her of an inexpensive and comfortable hostel near her work.

7. It can help her to good holidays if she cannot go home.

8. It can show her the best means for providing for a "rainy day."

9. If she is engaged to be married, it can offer her suitable preparation for work at home by a training in housewifery and home management.

10. If she is desiring to emigrate, it can introduce her to agencies which will give her all the necessary information as to the demand for workers, climate, equipment, cost of passage, etc. It can introduce her to a special training for colonial life.

The Countess of Bective Copyright, Langfier

The Countess of Bective Copyright, Langfier

What the Bureau can do for Employers

1. It can save them the expense of repeated advertisements.

2. It can save them the worry of selecting one from a hundred applicants.

3. It can select a few specially prepared and experienced workers for their choice.

4. It can advise them as to conditions and salaries.

5. It can find them workers for new or difficult posts.

6. It can save them the fees they might pay to bogus registries.

7. It can put them in touch with bona-fide registries in nearly all the European countries.

8. It can put them in touch with colonial associations working on similar lines.

Work Accomplished During 1909

Suggestion or information was given to 4,724 people who had not previously applied to the bureau.

Assistance was given to about 4,000 previous clients.

The need for keeping well in advance of all movements connected with the welfare of women and girls, especially those of the professional classes, has never been so clearly demonstrated as during the past year. Many timely warnings have been given of over-stocked professions, and also of those likely to become so, as well as invaluable information with regard to new developments in well-known employments, such as in the teaching of music and in the teaching of design. Particulars have also been given of entirely new openings for women. These generally come to the knowledge of the bureau long before the public are aware of their existence.

Training In Method

This unique training has proved itself extraordinarily valuable to those who have availed themselves of it. Many instances of success were recorded last year. The training

World Of Women was started two years ago in order to supply a deficiency which was constantly coming to the notice of the bureau - namely, the unexpected failure of many women (who were supposed to be fully trained) owing to their lack of knowledge of methods of classification and business routine.

This training aims at giving workers a knowledge of the theory of classification, which they can apply to whatever work they take in hand. Only a small number of students are taken at a time, therefore a large part of the training is individual.

The Courses are as follows:

1. Three months, mornings or afternoons (Saturdays excluded), 6 6s.

2. Six" months, mornings or afternoons (Saturdays excluded), or three months, full day (except Saturdays), 10 10s. A Few Typical Posts Filled

Private secretary at a salary of 80 per annum, resident.

Secretary to a women's political society, salary 100, non-resident.

Secretary to a well-known author, 80, resident.

Manageress of a new electric appliance show-room, salary 100, non-resident, to start.

Social worker on the Children's Care Committee, salary 117 a year.

Lady cook, salary 60, resident, etc.

Publications

"Women's Employment." This journal for educated workers is issued on the first and third Fridays of every month. It contains articles dealing with employment subjects and up-to-date information as to new openings, also notices of bora-fide vacant posts, opportunities for training, with lists of recommended schools and institutions, and details of cost, duration, etc. Price 1 1/2 d., post free.

"The Finger Post." A guide to professions and employment for educated women, containing over eighty articles written by professional women, with particulars of training, salaries, new openings, etc. Price is; post free, 1s. 3d.

"Women as Inspectors." Town and country. 3d.; post free, 4d. Gives all particulars as to training and work of Women Inspectors under Government, county councils, borough councils, etc.

The Workers' Bookshop

This bookshop was opened last year in order to bring the latest publications concerning women before the public as speedily as possible, and in order to give various societies an opportunity for a wider sale of their books and pamphlets than they could otherwise secure. It is said by business experts that the shop has done unusually well during its first year. It is on the same premises as the bureau.

The Students' Careers Association

This association has recently been formed Its objects are:

1. To establish a definite connection between colleges and schools on the one hand, and the Associated Employment Bureaux on the other.

2. That a representative committee, con sisting of teachers, representatives of the head and assistant mistresses' associations, and members of employment bureaux should meet twice yearly for discussion and inter- change of ideas, in order to be able to supply:

(a) Employment bureaux with up-to-date information on educational matters, and to notify them of any changes that may have taken place in the teaching world.

(b) Colleges and schools with expert knowledge on all employment questions, and to give them reliable and up-to-date information on all professions open to educated women, together with the necessary facts in regard to supply and demand, standard of salaries, training, age limit, etc.

3. By constant communication between the educational world and employment bureaux, to prevent the drifting of women and girls into unsuitable or over-stocked professions.

4. To consider any new openings that may have been investigated by employment bureaux, and to discuss their possibilities.

Lectures on "Openings for Girls" will be given at any school or college if desired.

Loan Fund

This fund has recently been established in order to assist women and girls who are not in a position to pay for (1) necessary education or training, (2) board and lodging during training, (3) the goodwill of a business, or (4) any other requirements which the committee consider warrantable.

Repayment is expected to begin at the end of three months after the completion of training or starting in business. The total loan to be repaid within such time (usually three years) and by such instalments as the committee may determine.

Societies or associations may also apply for loans.

Thrift

This department of the work would increase with greater rapidity if more women realised the advantages of insurance and the facilities now offered for obtaining it.

The bureau is prepared to give advice:

1. To parents who wish to begin early to provide for their daughters' future education.

2. To women at the beginning of their career who wish to provide for the future (marriage or sickness).

3. To middle-aged workers who wish to procure an annuity.

(Special opportunities are offered to nurses to secure sick pay and an annuity.)

Information with regard to any branch of work carried on by the Central Bureau can be obtained from the Secretary, 5, Princes Street, Cavendish Square, London, W.