Zahira Gousy graduating from the ILM career devlopment programme, with members of the Chwarae Teg team.

Opportunities for career development open up

Published : 13/11/20 | Categories: Training & events |

Working women, from across West Wales and the Valleys, should take up the chance to boost their careers – that’s the message from Chwarae Teg, and former learners, as it launches its next round of fully funded training.

Chwarae Teg, the gender equality charity, which works to improve the position of women in the Welsh economy, is currently promoting its Career Development Programme.

So far thousands of women have taken part with participants reporting promotions, new responsibilities and moving into new roles requiring higher skills and competencies. They have also achieved a collective pay rise of over £3million.

The course is a unique and inspirational initiative which helps working women develop knowledge, confidence and skills for team leading or managerial roles. Throughout they are supported by the dedicated team at Chwarae Teg who provide expert coaching and mentoring, and the training itself means participants can achieve an accredited Level 2 Leadership and Management qualification.


When a colleague highly recommended the programme to Zahira Gousy, ​Continuous Improvement Specialist, ConvaTec she applied for the programme and credits the move with a having a positive impact on her career:

‘As well as providing an opportunity to reflect on myself and my work, the programme helped me understand my natural leadership style and the aspects of my nature that would make me a good leader.

‘It allowed me to reframe my thinking about my skills and my successes in a positive light and develop a growth mindset which has stayed with me. All this whilst being surrounded by women who celebrated me as we learnt together.’ 


Carys Godding, ATC Engineer, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water was impressed by feedback from previous participants, signed up and has never looked back:

‘The programme gave me the chance to take time out for myself, evaluate my skills and understand my strengths – which in turn has improved my communication and leadership abilities. I am now a lot more confident in my role and have valuable skills to take me through to the next level of management. I would highly recommend the programme to other women.’

Due to Covid-19 the course is currently run using a live virtual environment, designed to be interactive and engaging.

Fully funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government, the programme is available to women who:

  • Are currently employed, even part time or a few hours, and work in West Wales and the Valleys
  • Work in the private or voluntary sector (public sector employees are not eligible)
  • Currently work in a role not funded by any other European programme

For further details and to apply for the next programme, which begins in January 2021, women should go to: A member of the team will then be in touch to discuss suitability and next steps.

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