Women from across east Wales celebrated their success at a graduation event last week, picking up their Institute of Leadership and Management certificates and hearing from an inspirational former graduate of the programme.
Sarah Bradshaw undertook the ILM programme earlier this year and spoke to the new graduates about the boost it gave her career, thanks to the confidence and skills it gave her to secure a new role and promotion!
The ILM qualification achieved by the women forms part of Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 programme which is fully funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government.
The project is a unique and inspirational initiative which helps working women develop knowledge, confidence and skills for team leading or managerial roles. The dedicated team at Chwarae Teg provides expert coaching, mentoring and accredited training designed to empower women to reach their potential.
The event saw graduates from Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr, Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Cardiff and Bridgend come together for the ceremony at the University of South Wales, Glamorgan Conference Centre, Pontypridd.
Penny Gregory, Senior Delivery Partner, Chwarae Teg, said:
“This event is a celebration of the women who have participated in the career development programme. We are hugely proud of their achievements as they have not only gained key leadership skills valued by employers but also developed the confidence and motivation to achieve and prosper in the workplace. Having Sarah here really demonstrates that and she’s become a real role model for many.
“To date thousands of women have taken part in Wales and achieved pay rises totalling over £2million so I’d definitely urge other women to sign up for future programmes!”
Sarah Bradshaw of Hodge Bank, said:
“I had been with my previous employer for 14 years, working in many different departments and I looked at myself like a really good reliable piece of antique furniture – old/experienced and reliable. This programme gave me a new confident approach and made me realise that I need to stretch myself and put myself out to auction so to speak! I did, and as a result I gained a new job with an employer who saw me as a much more valuable asset.”