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On International Day of the girl, Chwarae Teg has caught up with one of its women learners, Harriet Kings, to hear her views on the WG and ESF funded Agile Nation2 project. Agile Nation 2 is a European Social Fund and Welsh Government funded programme being delivered by Chwarae Teg. It has been developed to help improve the position of women in the workforce across the nine priority sectors in Wales through its programmes for women and employers. The project was created as women continue to be underrepresented at a managerial level in these sectors in Wales and the Women’s Programme offers a level 2 or level 3 ILM qualification coupled with wrap-around support.
Public relations professional Harriet Kings had been a Communications Manager at Brighter Comms in Cardiff for six months when she started on the Agile Nation2 Level 3 programme.
What were you looking to get out of the programme?
"I might have come across as quite confident in my job but actually in myself when it came to someone else learning from me I wasn’t sure if I was going about it the right way, or whether I was getting the best out of the person I was managing.
So when I started on the programme I had a lot of things to talk about and scenarios that I wanted to share and get some other people’s perspectives on.
It was a good opportunity for me to learn from other people and think about what I could do better myself."
What did you gain from the programme?
"The programme definitely gave me a massive confidence boost. It wasn’t completely focussed on work; it was a lot about self-confidence and how assertive I feel and what I think I’m capable of.
Even though many of the women on my programme were completely different from me and from different backgrounds, I really gained a lot from hearing about their own approaches to the situations I was going through and then getting their perspectives on them.
I found it invaluable sharing challenges and experiences with other people. It felt a little bit like we were just friends altogether and really felt comfortable with talking a bit more openly and honestly than I probably otherwise would have.
It was also reassuring to know my People Development Partner was always there to answer any questions I had.
I’ve always struggled with thinking about ambition, and my PDP helped me to look at ambition completely differently, to understand that actually I can achieve those things but I have to take some action for that to happen."
What advice would you give to other women considering applying for the programme?
"After going through the programme my advice to other women would be to not let anything hold you back just because you think it’s not the type of thing that you would usually go for.
You’re going to meet some great people and even if you just sit back and listen to other people’s experiences, even if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your own, you’re only going to gain from it. You really have nothing to lose.
I’m in a completely different place now after finishing the programme. It really is a great opportunity to just focus on yourself."
For more information on Agile Nation 2 visit www.agilenation2.org.uk or call us on 0300 365 0445
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As the leading gender equality charity in Wales, Chwarae Teg works with women to build skills and confidence so that they can progress in the workplace. They also work with businesses to develop an inclusive environment that gives women equal opportunities to succeed. Currently Chwarae Teg are delivering a FREE Career Development Programme for eligible women working in Wales to develop team leader and management skills. It is fully funded by the European Social Fund and Welsh Government, as part of the Agile Nation 2 project.