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We’re celebrating International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day and we’re shining a spotlight on some of the many amazing women within our organisation who deserve recognition for what they have achieved in the last year.

Gender inequality is always on our radar, but on special days, like today, there’s an even sharper focus on the issue for organisations everywhere.

We believe that we need more women leading in our organisation to make our county even more successful. We’re continuing to work hard to tackle gender inequality in the workplace and break down barriers that prevent women from reaching the top.

So what have we actually done?

We have removed ‘core’ hours to enable our staff to strike a better work life balance that enhances our already family-friendly approach.

We offer development opportunities for women into leadership through a sponsorship programme that pairs talented women with champions at a senior management level.

We’ve signed a pledge to ensure all our staff experiencing the menopause feel fully supported at work and established a Menopause Support Network.

We’ve introduced advanced equality, diversity and inclusion training, including a module designed to support recruiting managers to deliver equitable recruitment campaigns.

We support ‘Inspiring Girls’, an Exeter-based programme which pairs year 9/10 girls from local secondary schools with business women in the area to provide mentorship around career aspirations.

Women are more likely to take breaks in their career to fulfil caring responsibilities and therefore forfeit pension contributions. So, we’ve introduced support so that all staff can have better access and advice to make informed decisions around additional pension contributions.

We will continue to support and encourage:

  • women into traditionally male dominated roles and more senior posts
  • men into traditionally female dominated roles
  • an environment where staff feel safe and supported
  • men to make use of the flexible working and family-friendly policies

Check out our social media channels to join us in celebrating the achievements of women to inspire other women to achieve their full potential. Find us on: