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The Springboard Consultancy Becomes a Member of WISE

Barnstaple, United Kingdom, September 09, 2015 --( The Springboard Consultancy (SBC), a UK-based international training company specialising in addressing women's development issues, has become a member of WISE.

Following the Finniston Report on the future of engineering in the UK, collaboration between the Engineering Council and the Equal Opportunities Commission, brought about the "Women into Science and Engineering (WISE) year," in 1984. The initiative aimed to highlight career opportunities for girls and women in the science and engineering professions.

Since then, WISE has contributed to a range of campaigns to raise the profile of women and girls taking up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The organisation, whose patron is HRH The Princess Royal, advises organisations on how to create environments where women can do their best work and thrive – and its mission is to get 1m more women to join the UK’s STEM workforce.

Liz Willis OBE, Joint-CEO at SBC, said, “We regard WISE as a ‘sister’ organisation, recognising that both our organisations are striving to achieve the same ends.

“All SBC’s programmes empower women to be the best they can be, achieve the most they can achieve - and achieve a beneficial and sustainable life/work balance while staying in tune with their personal and work values and goals,” Liz added. “Individual employers may have additional objectives, such as increasing the numbers of women in under-represented areas or greater numbers of women enrolling on training.

“SBC’s Sprint programme for women undergraduates, originally commissioned as a STEM initiative by the University of Cambridge and developed further by the University of Oxford, enables women undergraduates to tackle their personal, study and career issues, resulting in clearer career goals, improved assertiveness and communication skills, greater focus, less study stress and improved self-confidence. Sprint is now running in 24 UK universities and is attracting corporate sponsorship.

“In addition, SBC’s Springboard programme for women in non-management roles has frequently been used to address career and personal issues by women working in STEM areas – both in industry and in universities. As with all SBC programmes, participants report setting more stretching goals, improved relationships, greater confidence, more focus, greater determination to succeed.”

Delivered through a network of licensed trainers, the Springboard programme has – to date - been used by over 230,000 women in 43 countries. Moreover, the Springboard programme enables employers to develop staff to their fullest potential and is often a key component in any Diversity, Inclusion and/or gender initiatives.

About Sprint
Sprint is a ground-breaking new development programme for undergraduate women, which has been researched and designed specifically to address the study and career issues faced by women at University. Sprint has been developed to help to put an end to the gender pay gap and end inequality and disparity between men’s and women’s pay.

About Springboard
The Springboard Women’s Development Programme enables women - from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives - to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work and home, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps. It’s delivered through an extensive network of licensed trainers and has been used by over 230,000 women in 43 countries. For employers, the Springboard programme enables them to develop staff to their fullest potential and is often a key component in any Diversity, Inclusion and/or gender initiatives.

About The Springboard Consultancy (SBC)
The Springboard Consultancy (SBC) is an international training company, with a proven track record in work and personal development training, particularly addressing women's development issues – especially via its award-winning 'Springboard Women's Development Programme'. Its core business is training and licensing trainers to deliver award-winning development courses – to people of all genders and all ages - via an international network of professional licensed trainers in locations around the world. In this way, over 240,000 people have used its programmes and over 1,300 trainers have been trained in 42 countries around the world.

SBC has developed a reputation for creativity, innovation and quality, balanced with down-to-earth pragmatism and good value. It believes that everyone is "born to shine" and that life circumstances and lack of skills and opportunities often prevent that happening, to the detriment of all. It uses training to enable everyone, especially women, to develop themselves further - benefitting the person, their employer, family and wider community.

For more information, please contact:
Georgina Pullen, SBC, +44 (0)1271 850828;
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405;
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Georgina Pullen
+44 (0) 1271 850828

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