Lifelong learning for Bristol academics

Even the most successful people sometimes need support to progress their careers and that was certainly the case for talented educators at Bristol University. Following a Career Development programme run by Skills 4, delegates have achieved promotions and are now part of a wider network acting as mentors to help more women achieve senior positions […]

Taking control of your own career

  Rachel Cook thought she had achieved everything she could in her career until undertaking Skills 4’s career development programme in 2012/3. Now, four years after completing the Skills 4 training, Rachel has been promoted twice and is one of the few female Directors at Atkins, one of the world’s most respected engineering, design and […]

My Journey of Rediscovery

          Skills 4 is working with Balfour Beatty to deliver a Career Development Programme designed to help women further their careers Being a delegate on the programme had a huge impact on Ruby Kanzi, Design Manager at Balfour Beatty Ruby took part in the course on November 23 & 24, 2016 […]

Breaking a century of tradition

Skills 4 UK provides Balfour Beatty with a Career Development Programme designed to help women further their careers. Olu Olabode took part in the course on December 6 & 7, 2016 and January 26, 2017. The course offered tips about body language, how to position yourself in meetings and presentations and included invaluable reading materials. […]

Delivering on diversity

      When it comes to Diversity Development there is only one company Prinovis UK turns to – that’s Skills 4. A partnership which began in 2013 has flourished with excellent results following the delivery of training to both female and male employees by Skills 4’s founder Jayne Little. The Skills 4 Career Development […]

Engineering a happier place to work

  A bespoke training programme born out of frustrations in the workplace has made a busy factory a happier place to work. Having attended the Skills 4 Career Development Programme, Sarah-Black Smith, Head of Factory Operations at Siemens in Congleton, realised there were lessons from the training which would benefit the wider workforce in terms […]

Supporting an award-winning engineer to build a new career

  Senior Tunnel Engineer Sophie Payne is not just managing some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects – she has also been named as one of the best women working in construction. Since taking part in the Women’s Development Programme, designed and delivered by gender diversity specialist Skills 4, Sophie has won a promotion, picked […]

First Class journey to the world of work

Keerthi Mukku has only just started her new job but she is already planning ahead after becoming the first winner of a scholar’s award, which included completing an ‘inspiring’ career development programme. At the age of just 23, she has a clear vision of where she wants to be and is delighted to be armed […]

Life experience helps talent to thrive

  Walking through the office, Emma Heerah passed one of the glass meeting rooms and noticed a presenter talking to a group of women with a slide on the screen explaining presence at work. Intrigued, she went to her employer Arcadis’ learning and development team to discover it was the company’s Women in Engineering programme […]

Bridging the gap to a more rewarding career

    Lessons learned through inspirational training proved the bridge to fast-track career progression for talented Civil Engineer Chama Shanyinde. Less than two years after undertaking the Skills 4 Career Development Programme, Chama has been promoted twice and travelled halfway across the world to play a leading role in a major infrastructure project in Qatar. […]

How training re-programmed me and my career aspirations

  Dr Helen Wright is playing a key role in researching Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool –something which she believes may not have happened if it hadn’t been for the Skills 4 Career Development Programme. The techniques she learned and the confidence she gained helped […]

PBA – a great place to work.

Being recognised as a great company to work for is just one of the many positive outcomes training by gender diversity specialist Skills 4 delivered for Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA). Claudia Desai, PBA’s Director of People and Change, said the training had played a major part in improvements in the results of the staff engagement survey which had helped it […]

Fast track to diversity

  Getting the right people to do the job something which global management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald is constantly seeking to improve. It is one of the reasons the company’s rail division engaged gender diversity specialist Skills 4, to deliver its Career Development Programme to help attract and retain more female employees. Celia Morris, Mott MacDonald Railways Training and Development […]

Supporting new parents back to work

Achieving a healthy work-life balance is not as easy as it sounds, especially when a new baby joins the family. The needs and demands of a child, coupled with the requirements of work is a daunting prospect, often invoking feelings of guilt, impacting on confidence and personal wellbeing. As a large employer with people at […]

Supporting Women in the Workplace.

  Global giant Johnson Controls is rightly proud of its Women Resource Network, which aims to motivate, attract and retain more women in the workplace. Yet, while it has led to a series of women progressing into senior management positions across the world, the UK has very few senior females to act as role models in the organisation. Recognising there is much […]

Oil and Gas: Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has had a successful track record in the rail industry, managing major projects as well as hundreds of staff and contractors for her employer Atkins. Her career had gone to plan having joined the company after graduating in civil engineering and geology from the University of Glasgow. After 14 years in the rail industry, Rachel made the move […]

Rolls for women as well as men

Getting a more diverse range of female role models to encourage more girls into engineering is a key factor behind the decision of Rolls-Royce to introduce Skills 4’s Career Development Programme into the workplace. Patrick Kniveton Head of Engineering Skills and Knowledge Management Rolls-Royce (Submarines) says that sometimes the same few women keep winning competitions […]

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