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Originally developed for the BBC, the Springboard Women’s Development Programme enables women to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they need to take in order to gain more control of their lives, whilst building the skills and confidence to take them.

Who is it suitable for ?

The Springboard Women’s Development Programme is designed for all women. Although the programme was initially written and developed for women in non-management grades, women from all levels, including management, have participated in and benefited from the programme.

For employers, the Springboard programme enables them to develop staff to their fullest potential. It is quick and easy to implement and is often a key component in any Diversity and/or gender initiatives. For even greater impact, run the Springboard and Navigator programmes in parallel.

What results can I expect?

The results relate to the individual aims and objectives that each woman sets herself on the first workshop. Many women use the programme to get results at work, such as new qualifications, promotions, new skills, a new attitude to change and a massive boost in confidence. Other women focus on results in their personal life, such as sorting out difficult relationships, improving health, dealing with stress and gaining a work/life balance.

Some women storm up their career ladder after attending the Springboard Women’s Development Programme, whilst others stay in the same job but with a new sense of purpose and a more positive attitude.

What’s in the programme?

The programme has a tried and tested format , frequently updated, grounded in reality. Delivered over three months, it consists of five simple yet powerful ingredients:

• A best-selling workbook, regularly up-dated embracing the entire programme
• Four action-packed one-day workshops spread over three months
• The provision of real, relevant and inspiring role models
• The encouragement of effective networks within the group
• A local support system to enable sustainable progress.

Overall, the Springboard programme tackles issues such as:

• Realistic self-assessment
• Aspects of being a woman
• Identifying priorities
• Assertiveness skills
• Setting practical yet stretching goals
• Improving your health
• Stress management
• Presenting a positive image
• Improved communication skills
• Building better relationships
• Building networks