Space Hub Yorkshire to partner with women in leadership project #WECAN

Space Hub Yorkshire are delighted to announce a brand new partnership with women in leadership project  #WECAN (women empowered through coaching and networking).

Led by Leeds Beckett University and working in partnership with Edge Hill University and Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber, #WECAN aims to enhance the resilience and growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by building the leadership skills, capabilities, and opportunities of women in the Leeds City Region.

The £1.7 million project, part funded by the European Social Fund with support from the Department of Work and Pensions offers fully funded support and training to businesses and their women employees to help them progress into, and within leadership roles.

The programme is open to women working in small and medium sized businesses in the wider Leeds City Region and has so far to date, supported over 600 women employees and over 250 businesses across the region.

The programme offers fully funded leadership and management support & training in the form of:

  • An initial diagnostic to help businesses and women identify their existing skills, strengths, and barriers
  • Fully funded leadership and management qualifications (ILM accredited)
  • Development workshops led by industry experts and academics
  • Networking opportunities and events
  • Access to surveys, research, and blogs

Research is being conducted by academics at Leeds Beckett University and Edge Hill University throughout the project to contribute to a lasting legacy which will provide organisations with the foundations to operate with gender blind practices and policies.

#WECAN will be supporting Space Hub Yorkshire members with leadership and management skills through qualifications and workshops along with the launch of a Women in Space network.

Workshops will be delivered throughout 2023 by leadership development specialists from The Leadership Centre, at Leeds Beckett University. Topics covered include:

  • Jumpstart your creativity
  • Managing metal wellbeing
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Communicating confidently at work
  • Using the GROW model as a tool to support conversations
  • Developing a growth mindset

#WECAN are inviting to women working in the space sector from across Yorkshire to join these free workshops. Women do not need to be enrolled on the project to take part. You can see the full programme of events and secure your place online here.

Mandy Ridyard, Chair of Space Hub Yorkshire said “Space technology and the space sector itself will provide huge opportunity over the decades to come. Making sure women and businesses in Yorkshire are part of that growth is essential! The support that #WECAN provides with leadership and management skills and the Women in Space network will be an asset for our region.”

Jill Goodwin, #WECAN Project Manager said “We are really excited to be collaborating with Space Hub Yorkshire on a number of opportunities to support women and businesses within the space sector here in Yorkshire. #WECAN is here to support the next generation of women leaders and with space being one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors, we know there will be plenty!”

Want to find out more about #WECAN? Visit their website for more information and to register your interest. You can also keep up to date with the latest news and events by following them on Eventbrite, Twitter and LinkedIn.