Skills 4 Newsletter June 2021

Jo Volk from Balfour Beatty training workshop

Skills 4 Alumni Event

Following on from our successful Alumni re-launch on International Women’s day, we have our second live Zoom session coming up, with guest speaker Jo Volk from Balfour Beatty who will talk about “Finding your magic dust & why this matters”.

We are very excited to have Jo speaking in one of our sessions, she has been championing the Skills 4 programmes for over 5 years, Balfour Beatty have now supported over 400 employees through our programmes.

Baljit Singh from Skills 4 Training

Welcome to the team Baljit

Please welcome new team member Baljit Singh who is the Skills 4 Diversity Lead: Ethnicity. She has already completed training with Jayne and delivered her first solo training of the new THRIVE programme with excellent feedback from the delegates.

Baljit joins Skills 4 from FTSE100 company, Morrisons. Baljit brings a wealth of corporate experience and a passion for diversity and inclusion. In addition to her role as Diversity Lead here at Skills 4, Baljit also volunteers as a Diversity and Inclusion Group Member for RSPB and Harrogate Town Football Club.

THRIVE Career Development Training programme

New: THRIVE Programme

With our company vision in mind: To Live in a world where everyone can bring their true self to work and as we continue to advance Equality and Inclusion for all diverse groups we are very excited to have launched THRIVE, our new Positive Action Career Development Programme. This programme has been built around the successful framework of EMPOWER, our award-winning Career Development Programme for Women, which has helped over 10,000 women advance their careers.

The THRIVE programme will empower minority groups to realise their true potential supporting them with the necessary tools and skills to navigate the workplace better and advance their careers within any organisation.

The THRIVE Programme Promises to deliver the following for our clients:

  • Authenticity in the workplace will improve employee performance by 31% and will ultimately grow the business
  • Empower minority groups to realise their true potential and support them with the necessary tools and skills needed to navigate the workplace better and ultimately advance their careers
  • Retain and grow minority groups and increase the representation at senior levels and close the impending ethnicity pay gap
  • Help to grow a more diverse workforce at all levels and foster a more inclusive culture.


Jayne Little Construction News Webinar

Interviewing for senior roles

Jayne recently spoke at the Construction News Inspiring Women Webinar – Inclusive recruitment for senior roles in the construction industry. Giving tips on interviewing for a senior role, she was one of 4 guest speakers sharing best practice around unconscious bias (alive and well despite what some critics say) and the importance of training to level the playing field for women working in the construction sector. There were speakers from Willmott Dixon, Aecom and RLB.

National Diversity Awards Nominee

Entrepreneur of Excellence

Some of you may already have seen, Jayne has been nominated for the Entrepreneur Of Excellence Award at the National Diversity Awards. Voting has now closed and we wait to find out if she has made the shortlist.

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