What employers have said
"The response to both programmes has unreservedly enthusiastic. The participants report that they feel more able to take control of themselves and the situations they encounter. Organisationally this is reflected in their new preparedness to get involved, set goals, manage pressure, view change more positively and undertake further learning. Springboard is a programme that empowers the participants, generates organisational energy, inspires and entertains.
Who could ask for more?"
Nelson Marlborough Health Ltd.
"Westpac Trust Bank has been running Springboard consistently for the last 8 years. Over 780 Westpac Trust women have graduated from the Springboard programme and the business has enjoyed the many benefits.
Course evaluations show that participants have been able to use assertiveness skills to address issues earlier, deal with customer needs in a more confident way and resolve conflict and difficult situations in a constructive way. Overall, participants have achieved a better balance between home and work. Their awareness and commitment to maintaining their own well-being has much greater priority".
Westpac Trust Bank.
Some of the overall outcomes of the programme included participants developing a more positive attitude toward themselves - applying for and achieving promotion and raising personal profiles by expressing their interest in other jobs or special projects.
There are many examples of participants dealing with situations more effectively, having increased confidence when approaching senior staff or speaking in meetings and being more able to deal with conflict."
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
"She has benefited to a great extent from doing the programme. She is more self confident and assertive especially in what is often a very difficult job. I would recommend this programme to anyone."
Manager, University of Bath, U. K.
"After two years, many of the woman remain highly motivated, are still setting new goals, seeking new responsibilities and are still achieving - there are clear benefits to the organisation."
Essex County Council.
"Springboard is tried and tested in the police context, has an impact on women in the police and delivers results. It is a key component in achieving The Gender Agenda. I have no hesitation in recommending it throughout the police service"
Julie Spence, Deputy Chief Constable, Cambridge Constabulary
"Navigator is a fundamental part of our programme to equip younger or more junior staff with the skills and confidence they will need for more senior jobs with us or elsewhere and increasing the number of staff from a BME background in more senior posts".
George Bishop, Director of personnel and General Services, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
"We use Springboard and Navigator as it boosts substantially the personal and professional development of our staff".
Sinead Rafferty, Development and Training, First Trust Bank
"The demand for Springboard is very high as women and their line managers see great results from the programme. Participants are more confident and pro-active. There is a wellspring of positively rising here. Women who participated in the programme some years ago (and some of whom are now managers) are eager for new colleagues to experience Springboard. A growing number of men in the organisation are keen to explore personal development through Navigator. We are delighted to be running this programme and looking forward to reaping the benefits of having made it happen!"
Jane Gibney, Deputy Diversity Equalities Officer, Valuation Office Agency