MEPC has brought together organisations based at Wellington Place to host their annual Women of the Future event. The event, delivered by Ahead Partnership, aimed to inspire female students, highlight career prospects, build their confidence, and teach valuable life skills.
Held to mark International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8th March), Wellington Place welcomed 48 year nine female students from nearby secondary schools: Temple Moor High School, Roundhay High School, Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School and Dixons Unity Academy. The young women took part in interactive workshops and self-reflection tasks, designed to motivate them to consider and better understand their own skills, as well as the various career opportunities available to them.
The Women of the Future event involved working with female mentors in a variety of roles, from apprentices to CEOs, at businesses based at Wellington Place. Volunteers came from organisations spanning sectors such as finance, government, healthcare and tech, and included Brewin Dolphin, HMRC, NHS Digital, Savills, Squire Patton Boggs and the Department for Transport. The women shared their career experiences, networked with the students and engaged with them during the activities led by Ahead Partnership.
To finish the day, students were taken on office tours of some of the businesses based at Wellington Place, so they could experience first-hand what a modern-day workplace is like and get an understanding of the types of sectors and job roles available to them within the city.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with all students who took part saying it had increased their understanding of how to get into different careers or jobs, helped them to think about their goals for life after school and had developed their speaking and listening skills.