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Women in Utilities programme open for nominations

Women in Utilities programme open for nominations

03 June 2021

Develop Training is recruiting the second cohort of 'Women in Utilities' for its popular Success Programme.

The programme seeks females in the utilities industry who strongly believe in creating greater gender diversity in the utilities sector.

Find out more about the programme here

Women in Utilities Success Programme

The programme is designed to accelerate the careers of women in the utility industry, provide advocacy and mentoring to support pathways to leadership roles, also striving to create a culture of empowerment.

The programme provides tailored training, networking and mentoring for women in the utility industry and provides qualifications relevant to the individual's sector/job role by attending 15 days of free training utilizing Develops' extensive range of courses.

Fostering a culture of inclusion & diversity

Daryll Garavan, Utilities Group Training Manager, said: "I'm proud that Develop are committed to a culture of inclusion and diversity and are supporting the Women in Utilities Programme.

We already have one group of amazing women who are passionate about the sector and the opportunities it can provide, and I look forward to welcoming another group of dedicated women onto the programme later this year."

Furthering debate & promoting conversation

Ayisha Khurshid, Business Development Manager at Energy & Utility Skills who was successful in gaining a place on the first cohort, said: "EU Skills are extremely passionate about equality and have always been supportive in any projects I get involved in especially around this topic.

I was so proud to be accepted onto the programme so I can further debate and promote the 'conversation' around women in utilities. It's been great to meet like-minded women and to honestly discuss the issues, barriers and successes.

We are looking forward to continuing to build our relationships and network and to challenge the status quo."

An opportunity to learn new skills and focus on personal development

Nichola Kitching, Utilities Key Account Manager at Develop Training, said: "The programme provides a real opportunity to learn new skills, be challenged and actively focus on the development and support of females in our sector.

Another area of importance is helping to promote the sector to the wider world and highlighting what fantastic opportunities and diverse job roles are available."

Ensuring gender diversity

Gender diversity is an on-going problem in the utility sector.

Having diversity at all levels of the workforce in all roles is an essential ingredient to drive innovation, bring a wider range of skills to a business as well as providing invaluable perspectives to ensure a more varied pipeline of talent for the future.

Yet, the utiliites industry continues to be male-dominated.

Develop Training, working with Severn Trent, British Gas and Eon wanted to ensure they took positive action thus created the Women in Utilities Success Programme to ensure gender diversity in our sector is being discussed, developed and provide that pipeline.

Submit your nomination

Develop is currently recruiting for the second cohort of this popular programme.

Find out more and submit your nomination

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