WOMEN from across north Wales had their achievements recognised at a graduation ceremony on Monday (24.2.2020), picking their Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) certificates and hearing from an inspirational female leader.

Ann Jones AM for Vale of Clwyd and Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, presented graduates with their awards at the event which took place at Chwarae Teg’s office in Colwyn Bay. She spoke to the women about her career path, her own journey as a woman in politics, the barriers she has faced along the way and how she aims to support women in her current role.

The ILM qualification achieved by the women forms part of Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation 2 career development programme which is funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government. It is a unique and inspirational initiative which helps working women develop knowledge, confidence and skills for team leading or managerial roles. The dedicated team at Chwarae Teg provides expert coaching, mentoring and accredited training designed to empower women to reach their potential.

Hosted by Chwarae Teg, the event also included a few words from some of the graduates about their career journeys before, during and beyond the Agile Nation2 programme.

Rina Evans, Senior Delivery Partner at Chwarae Teg, said:

“The event was a celebration of the women who have participated in the career development programme. We are hugely proud of their achievements as they have not only gained key leadership skills valued by employers but also developed the confidence and motivation to achieve and prosper in the workplace.

“To date thousands of women have taken part in Wales and achieved pay rises totalling over £3million!”

Ann Jones AM for Vale of Clwyd and Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, said:

“It was an honour to be able to speak to the graduates, share my own story with such aspirational women and to hear about the benefits the career development programme has brought to them. The Chwarae Teg career programme really does give women the chance to grow and reach their potential, which is vital as we work towards ensuring that women are equally represented at all levels of society and the economy.”

Women interested in joining the programme should visit www.agilenation2.org.uk/for-women for further information and eligibility details.

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