A group of Hartpury students have spent International Women’s Day getting handy hints and tips from inspirational women in business.
The Hartpury Bright Futures team – a newly formed branch of a student run society aimed at supporting students at Hartpury University Centre more opportunities to gain employment experience and enhance their CVs – spent some time asking questions of female employees from Lloyds Banking Group, Virgin Media and BP, amongst others.
This team currently studying Sports related courses at Hartpury asked questions surrounding advice for young women to succeed in the workplace, gender equality and the challenges faced by women in the workplace as well as getting advice on how to succeed in industry and make the most of university study. A day of questions particularly pertinent in a sports industry reportedly crying out for more women in leadership roles.
Bright Futures is a nationwide student for student initiative and the Hartpury team have recently been proactively involved in the launch of the 2017 Gloucestershire Business Show and at recent breakfast and dinner events in the county.
Pete Allison, Director of the Gloucestershire Business Show, said: "It's great to be working with Bright Futures, their input to the launch events in February was invaluable and a strong start to what I hope will be a working relationship that will be very beneficial for all’.
“We need a good, intelligent and engaged team to help us deliver a show that covers all scales of business and crosses all sectors. It's a mammoth job, so to be working with the bright Futures Students to help with that and at the same time give them exposure to Gloucestershire's leading business movers and shakers seems far too good an opportunity to miss for us all!"
The group had the chance to speak to some of Gloucestershire's leading businesses, meet inspirational people and listen in on some interesting panel talks about the future of Gloucestershire's economy from the likes of Gloucestershire Police’s Mark Gosland and Julie Kent from Pied Piper Appeal.