Chess, one of the UK’s leading technology solutions providers, has teamed up with Women to Work to relaunch the successful Empowering Women Programme. The course officially launched last year on International Women’s Day and has been re-run to encourage new starters to get involved.
Kate Wood, Culture Director at the organisation, whose Burnley based operation designs and deploys ICT solutions, said: “Studies show that women don’t put themselves forward for opportunities as often as men do, this is a global issue and not just one here at Chess. We want to make sure every single woman feels empowered to achieve her potential and have the work life balance she needs.
“We aim to empower women in the organisation to be brave and to really make a difference to their future.”
Kate worked alongside Emma Shute and Jenny Pollock, Founders & Directors of Women to Work, to design the programme after a wide-reaching research project into Chess’ working environment.
Jenny Pollock added: “Dynamic, responsive and energetic – this is the impression we get when we walk through the doors at Chess. And how right we are. Women to Work has been fortunate to have worked alongside Kate Wood at Chess to design and deliver the Empowering Women Programme.
“When working with Chess we are continually impressed by the positivity of the people and the ‘can do’ attitude that emanates throughout the organisation from the minute you walk through the door.”
With the key message of ‘Be Brave’, the Empowering Women Programme focuses on supporting women at all levels to be confident, along with understanding the importance of removing barriers to allow women at Chess to reach their professional potential.
The women on the twelve month self-development course at Burnley are mentored, receive monthly online assignments and attend group sessions. It encourages the women to build relationships in the business and become more courageous and confident.
The programme also aims to improve gender balance across the organisation and to increase the number of women at senior levels.
To find out more about Women to Work, visit their website here