Friday, 19 June 2009

Maven Training takes another step towards female professional development

By William Franklin, Client Relations Director at Maven Training.

Back in March 2009, Maven Training once again demonstrated its innovative approach to delivering the most innovative training solutions by offering PRINCE2 for Girls accredited training. This event came about from our partnership with Women in Technology and Women in Business, as well as because of our dear relationship with pm4girls, where not only their members access tailored courses such as the one above, but also they receive discounts on all Maven Training courses.

Following on from this success and keeping to a theme, Maven Training is proud to announce a new partnership with Women in Transportation. In a move that again addresses the under-representation of women in management roles, the WTS is aimed at promoting the skill base and career opportunities for women working in all aspects of the transportation sector. When I and our Marketing Manager, Joanna Burigo, met with Nicky van Domburg, Sponsorship Chair of the WTS (interestingly at Waterloo Station on the day of the TGWU strike!) it became immediately apparent that the work we had undertaken with WiT and WiB was directly beneficial.

Maven Training was then invited to the WTS Summer Party that had Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, as key note speaker, who spoke about The Planning and Economics of Transport in London. Notable for the evening was the drive and passion of women within Transport for London, London Underground and CrossRail to name but a few. In a final slide from Baroness Jo Valentine, the major challenges and associated timelines facing London transportation were listed, the final one of which was getting the Boards of 51% of FTSE100 listed companies comprised of women… the timeline for which was 2100?!? Well, through partnership with Maven Training, we aim to ensure that this is achieved long before then, through application of professional skills development.

While still confirming details, we will be offering WTS and its members a series of benefits, including discounts on all Maven Training courses, key note speakers discussing the role and value of professional qualifications and naturally access to the Maven Training community of professionals that is growing at an ever increasing rate. Watch this space for next speaking engagements for Melanie Franklin.

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