By Daniel Hunter

Women in senior positions are now more ideally placed to create the diverse workforces needed to drive growth, according to Liz Field, CEO of the Financial Skills Partnership.

Liz’s comments come as the Financial Skills Partnership begins enrolment for its training programme aimed at developing leadership skills among women managers. Entitled Through the Glass Ceiling, the programme consists of 5 one day sessions and using a variety of cutting edge learning techniques and experienced facilitators, it will develop outstanding women leaders.

“Women now have a fantastic opportunity to be responsible for their own progression as their talents are now more likely to be fully recognised than ever," she said.

"The number of women on the boards of top UK companies has risen to record levels and as we look to create a much more productive financial services industry, approaching this level of gender balance can only be a good thing.”

Beginning in September, Through the Glass Ceiling will cover areas such as Confidence & Credibility, Influencing Others, Team Work, and Powerful Presentation Skills. The training will be delivered at the FSP’s headquarters in London’s financial district.

Liz continued, “The companies we work with tell us that they have been doing a lot of work on the ground to embrace gender equality issues. Many financial services and accountancy firms are working on diversity, not just at board level, but also through the talent pipeline.

“The glass ceiling that has hindered many women from progressing in the finance industry can be overcome and the business environment is becoming much more conducive to bringing about a major sea change. Our approach is to ensure that all women in senior positions in the sector have the tools to take advantage of this changing landscape and maximise their career potential. With our new training programme Through the Glass Ceiling, we’re really looking forward to supporting the many skilled women in finance as they progress in their careers.”

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