To mark ‘International Women’s Day’ on Wednesday 8th March, a selection of female students from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s Sixth Form and Year 10 attended two separate business networking events with well-known local businesses, Isover Saint Gobain and Capita O2.
On this special day in particular, organisations from around the world host events to support the #PledgeForParity campaign. From awareness raising to concrete action, females work tirelessly to pledge support for gender parity. Businesses such as Isover Saint Gobain and Capita O2, are proud to say that they have always had this important issue high on their agenda. They are totally committed to helping women and girls achieve their ambitions by challenging conscious and unconscious bias, ensuring gender-balance in leadership roles and giving equal value to the contributions of both men and women.
To mark this occasion, Isover Saint Gobain invited fourteen Year 12 Business Studies students over to their company, to join ten of their female professionals for afternoon tea. Over tea, and a fine range of food, the students were given the opportunity to find out about the various job roles within the industry. Each of the female professionals they met spoke about how she had risen to success, in what had traditionally been a predominantly male working environment.
Following the success of the event, some of Isover Saint Gobain’s female professionals have already established further links with individual students by becoming their ‘Business Mentor’ for the remainder of this academic year. This opportunity will not only allow the students to access first-hand knowledge and expertise from those working directly in their field of interest, but it will also allow for personalised, professional 1 to 1 support when it comes to completing CVs, university and job applications and preparation for interviews.
In addition, four female professionals from Capita O2 came to OBA for a breakfast meeting with fourteen female students from Year 10. This gave them the opportunity to discuss educational and training opportunities and the students were enthralled to hear the Capita O2 staff relate some of their real-life experiences and successes.
Mrs Amy Jarvis, Careers Co-ordinator at OBA, said:
The students and the professionals from both companies felt that the event was insightful and of great benefit. We are very grateful that these local companies take these issues so seriously and were able to allow the female professionals a few hours out from their busy schedules. They inspired our students to have the self-belief to aim high in order to achieve their goals in the world of work.