The professional development programme, Special Edition, is designed to help women working in the digital and tech industry progress in their careers. Delivered by TRC, a Glasgow-based training body for broadcast and digital industries, the six-month programme was created to help address the under-representation of women at the board level in Scotland’s digital sector.
Launched in 2013, the programme, which is funded by Scottish Enterprise, BBC Nations and Regions, Channel 4 and Screen Scotland, has helped 42 women to progress in their career, many of who after completing the programme have gone on to be promoted or appointed to a board-level role.
Successful applicants will receive six monthly training sessions on topics including leadership skills, personal branding and goal setting, pitching with confidence, dealing with difficult conversations and work-life balance.
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As part of the programme, the cohorts will be taken on a business trip to meet inspiring digital female leaders. This year’s trip destination has yet to be announced, but in previous years delegates have visited London, Berlin, Amsterdam and been granted access to companies such as Google, Dropbox, Amazon, TomTom and WeTransfer.
Margaret Scott and Claire Scally, Joint Managing Directors of TRC said: “We believe that gender equality in the boardroom is paramount to the wider diversity of Scotland’s digital sector.
“Special Edition is one of our most successful training initiatives, which continually delivers results for our talented female delegates and can truly transform careers. We can’t wait to launch the next programme.”
Serina MacDonald, Head of Activation, Associate Director at Amplifi – part of the Dentsu Aegis Network and a delegate of Special Edition 2018/19 said:
“My Special Edition experience has been absolutely life-changing. I was promoted to a new and exciting role as a result of an opportunity I seized thanks only to confidence gained during the course.
“I have a whole new mindset and perspective that has changed how I think, how I feel about myself and what I have to offer the world. That’s the greatest outcome and more than I ever expected.”
Special Edition applications open on 2nd July 2019 and close on 1st August. Full details on the programme and the link to apply can be found on the TRC website.