YOUNG women in Pontyclun and the wider area are being invited to apply now for the chance to shadow a successful and high profile female leader at The Royal Mint.

The Royal Mint is working with gender equality charity – Chwarae Teg on its LeadHerShip Business scheme which aims to ensure women become better represented in senior private sector roles.

Women aged 18-25, with an interest in a future career in business, can apply for the opportunity which will give them a unique day to learn about entrepreneurship and an insight into how the business is run.

The successful candidate will gain first-hand experience from a member of the organisation’s executive team to discover what it really takes to lead a thriving organisation in Wales.

The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint – creating coins, medals, gifts and investment opportunities for the UK and overseas. There are over 900 people employed at its headquarters in Llantrisant, which operates round-the-clock for 52 weeks a year.


Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive at The Royal Mint, said:

“We are delighted to collaborate with LeadHerShip Business to help engage and inspire the next generation of female business leaders in Wales. At The Royal Mint we are committed to fostering an environment which embraces a variety of skills, experiences and viewpoints – enabling everyone to be themselves at work. By partnering with LeadHerShip we can help provide valuable insight and first-hand experience to young women considering a career in business.”

The need to encourage change is evident with women notably absent from leading business roles. They account for just 6% of the chief executives of the top 100 businesses in Wales. Research by the Women’s Business Council shows that the UK economy is missing out on more than 1.2 million new enterprises due to the untapped business potential of women.

Emma Tamplin, Chwarae Teg, said:

“LeadHerShip Business aims is to give young women a real insight into the opportunities available to them and to inspire a generation of female leaders.

“Our own ‘Bright’ Research shows that a lack of female role models in a range of positions has a real impact on young women and can limit their aspirations, that’s why working with female leaders from organisation such as The Royal Mint is so vital. At Chwarae Teg, we always say that you can’t be what you can’t see, so we hope that LeadHerShip Business encourages young women to see themselves as future female leaders, and that it demystifies positions of leadership.

“Gender should not get in the way of ambitions. It is so important that girls and young women grow up in the knowledge that they will be encouraged to realise their goals, and that as leaders and decision-makers they will be respected.”

Applications for LeadHerShip Business should be made by Friday 6 December at www.chwaraeteg.com/leadhership-business-leaders

Other organisations offering places include United Welsh – Caerphilly, Spindogs – Cardiff, Golwg – Lampeter, and Chwarel Independent Film and Radio – Criccieth

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