CASE STUDY 01

Career development for women and under-represented groups

We launched the ELEVATE development programme, recognizing that some people may face underlying barriers to their progression and development, and therefore, require more support.

The programme aims to achieve diversity in talent and leadership by providing tailored support for women and under-represented groups.

It provides a personalized experience that meets the participants’ unique requirements. Participants are encouraged to partake in a range of learning activities including externally run thinking environment workshops, personal stretch projects, coaching or mentoring, job shadowing, and e-learning modules.

It aims to support participants’ career aspirations by helping them to identify their strengths and overcome any challenges they may far, while also giving them the chance to develop their skills, knowledge, and behaviours to prepare them for the next step in their career.

More broadly, the programme provides participants with a network of peers both inside and outside of the organization with whom they can seek support, challenge, and encouragement, as well as sharing their learning experiences.

Here’s what the participants of the programme had to say:

‘The learning environment has provided deep reflections on aspects that effectively impact our professional and personal lives. We have the opportunity to connect with colleagues from different areas and countries and thus, obtain a rich experience with support and trust’

Eliane Bueno

‘It’s really created a strong connection with a peer group which spans multiple backgrounds and experiences, and it’s wonderful to share in their wisdom and insight.’’

Sophia Matthew

‘I've found it hugely inspiring to be a participant in the ELEVATE programme, with unique opportunities to learn from female senior leaders at OUP and connect with strong, supportive peers on what it means to lead well.’

Grace Ranola