Skills 4 Newsletter February 2020

International Women's Day

Are you organising an event for International Women’s Day 2020? 
We would love to support – contact us if you would like us to speak at your event.
 0113 397 0357

Inclusive Companies AwardsAwards: Highly Commended!
At this years Inclusive Companies Awards our Career Development Programme was recognised with the Highly Commended award.
The awards celebrate inclusive employers, diversity champions and the companies that work to strengthen diversity in the UK.
We are delighted with the recognition the programme has received especially amongst leading D&I organisations.


Skills 4 uk bronze award diversity training journal awardsAwards: Bronze Award
We recently attended the Training Journal Awards at the Tower of London where the Career Development Programme picked up the Bronze Award for Best Diversity and Inclusion Programme.
The event showcased the leading organisations for diversity and inclusion and was a celebration of the best in training, learning and development across all sectors.


Changes on the Skills 4 board

Our thanks go to Charmaine Boyles and Claudia Desai for their strong support and contribution to Skills 4  over the past few years, they both remain close friends and allies going forward.

We welcome to the board two new members, Patrick Kniveton and Ruby El-Kanzi who take their place to support Skills 4 and work to champion diversity and inclusive cultures in business.


Ruby El Kanzi

New Board Member: Ruby El-Kanzi
We are delighted to announce a new appointment to our Board – Ruby El-Kanzi
“I am so delighted to be joining the Board of Skills 4 and be able to support the outstanding work they do to support women in construction and organisations within the industry and assist the promotion of inclusiveness and diverse work cultures.”

Meet the team


Patrick Kniveton

New Board Member:Patrick Kniveton
We are delighted to announce a new appointment to our Board –
Patrick Kniveton
“I am really delighted to be joining the Skills 4 Board at a time when the need for engineers in UK companies, small and large, has never been greater. I have the utmost respect for the Skills 4 team, from the time when I was Head of Engineering Skills and I first met them when I arranged and they led several training programmes at Rolls-Royce Nuclear. The fifty women engineers and support staff who took part in those workshops gained confidence and many were promoted or took on more senior roles within months of taking part. This aligns really well with my roles on the Science Council and as a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Derby.”


Career Progression

Skills 4 Research: Barriers to Career Progression for Women
We need your help! We are researching the personal, societal and organisational barriers to career progression for women and will use our network; your experience; and 12 years of best practice to produce a report that will provide guidance and recommendations for organisations on how to improve.
We would love you to contribute to the report which will help inform companies to achieve gender balance, you can participate in the below survey.

Click to take part in the survey


UKESF Scholar Winner

UKESF: Scholar Winner Announced
Rachel Howard will receive a place on Skills 4 UK’s award-winning Career Development Programme, as well as additional coaching.

Rachel a UKESF Scholar 2017–20, who is studying for a MEng in Computer Science and Electronics at the University of Bristol was chosen as this years winner. The Skills 4 UK Scholar’s Award takes into account academic performance, placement feedback and STEM-awareness.


uk gender diversity training

Talk: Women in Rail Conference

Lynn recently attended the Women in Rail annual conference. Lynn spoke about how bias in leaders can embed groupthink and work against diversity.

The sold out conference was centred around gender balance and diversity & inclusion within the rail industry, Lynn was one of 9 speakers from across several sectors that came together on the day.

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