Applications have opened for the 2018 Special Edition programme, aimed at ambitious women working within Scotland’s digital and technology sectors.
Now in its sixth year, Special Edition is a six-month long professional development programme designed to improve entrepreneurial skills, expand professional networks, boost confidence and help participants progress their careers in the digital world.
There are eight places available on this year’s programme.
TRC Media Special Edition 2018
Special Edition was created and is delivered by Glasgow’s TRC Media in response to the under-representation of women at board level across Scotland’s digital technology sectors. Funded by Channel 4, BBC, Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland, Special Edition aims to give talented and ambitious women the toolkit, network and skills to achieve their full potential and reach the very top.
More than 50% of the participants in the 2017 programme, which concluded in February 2018, have since been promoted within their company, attributing their success to the knowledge and support gained from the professional development programme.
What the Programme Provides
Over the six months of the programme, participants will receive five in-house training sessions in TRC’s central Glasgow HQ as well as a business trip where the delegates will attend exclusive meetings with founders, CEOs and digital leaders from some of the world’s leading digital companies.
The programme in Glasgow will cover core business and leadership skills including goal setting, powerful negotiation, leadership and striking a work/life balance. Last year’s field trip saw delegates visit London and Amsterdam, where participants had private meetings with leaders at Google, Booking.com, Microsoft, TomTom, UKIE and more.
Claire Scally and Margaret Scott, Joint Managing Directors of TRC Media, told DIGIT:
“Special Edition is one of our most successful training initiatives and makes a real impact on the women who take part, and on their companies. The programme is a career defining initiative and tackles many of the issues women come up against during their career progression in the digital and tech sector.”
Lynsey Briston, User Satisfaction Manager at Skyscanner, who participated in the 2017 programme said:
“Through the course, I was promoted in January when the programme was still ongoing. This is without a doubt due to the tools and skills learnt on Special Edition. Every single training session and person we met with was immensely valuable and there wasn’t a single topic or area we covered that I didn’t get benefit from.”
Searra Dodds, the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Trivia-as-a-Service company Jukebox Labs, said:
“I applied to Special Edition wanting to do something for myself, to give me more confidence and drive to achieve my goals. The programme has given me so much more than I could have ever anticipated. I’m so grateful for every moment of it and deeply proud to have taken part.”
Applications are open from today (Monday June 18 2018) until Monday July 2 2018. Full details of the programme and entry criteria and online applications can be found on the TRC Media website.