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Springboard Women's Development Programme: applications close Friday 25 November 2016

Springboard Women's Development Programme

The programme aims to help identify clear, practical and realistic steps to achieve personal goals.

People Development have arranged for the 2017 Springboard Women's Development Programme to commence in the Spring Term.  

Places for the 2017 programme are still available – applications must be submitted by midday Friday 25 November 2016.  

To apply, please email peopledevelopment@reading.ac.uk and include the following:

  • A short statement explaining why you want to join the programme and what you hope to get out of it (maximum 1 page).
  • A short statement from your line manager supporting your application and agreeing to your attendance on all four days and the follow-up day (see below).
  • Confirmation that you will be able to attend the four workshops that will run on the following dates (all 09:30 – 16:00):

- Thursday 12 January 2017

- Friday 17 February 2017

- Friday 17 March 2017

- Friday 28 April 2017

A follow up event will take place six months later during September/October 2017. 

About the programme 

The Springboard Women's Development Programme has been specifically created to help women identify clear, practical and realistic steps to achieve personal and professional goals. As well as offering practical advice, the programme also helps promote personal confidence and resilience. The programme is open to women from all backgrounds, careers and ages – any woman with a personal goal can apply.   

The programme consists of four full-day workshops and supporting events – during the first workshop, participants will set the personal objectives they wish to work towards over the remainder of the programme.  

Examples of goals pursued through the programme include obtaining new qualifications, improving promotion opportunities, developing new skills and nurturing a positive attitude for change. According to the Springboard Consultancy, 80% of participants report increased confidence / self-esteem as a result of completing the programme.

Notes for applicants

Places are limited to 32 per cohort. 

People Development are looking for a wide variety of participants at different stages of their careers from all areas of the University. If oversubscribed, a waiting list for future programmes will be devised. 

Applicants for the 2017 cohort will be informed of their place by Friday 9 December 2016.

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