The closing ceremony was held at Sharq Village & Spa which sponsored the event along with Digital Print Centre.
The program included workshops, talks and assignments aimed at developing the personal and professional skills of Qatari women in employment. Candidates for the course came from diverse backgrounds including prestigious public and private sector organisations such as the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) and Qatar University.
Speaking on the success of the Springboard program, Aisha Alfardan – QBWF Vice Chairwoman said, “We always endeavour to provide female professionals with courses that can help them get ahead in their careers. With UK-accredited training schemes like this, Qatari women stand a strong chance of improving their outlook and succeeding in their chosen fields of work by learning from regional and global experts.”
The Springboard workshops teach candidates valuable lessons in building confidence, communicating more effectively and constructing and managing goals for better results. As a result, outcomes include proficient problem-solving skills, improved customer relations and a highly motivated and focused staff. Coupled with talks by role models and leaders of industry, the Springboard program shares real life success stories as examples for Qatar’s business professionals to learn from.
Simon Winetroube, Director of the British Council in Qatar said, “We are delighted to have worked in cooperation with the QBWF because we strongly support any initiatives that help empower women in not just the workplace, but in their personal lives as well. We look forward to undertaking more programs like this in the future because they are vital to the constructive growth of a knowledgeable business society.”
The QBWF has recently joined the MENA Businesswomen’s Network which is a partnership between local businesswomen’s organisations across the Middle East and North Africa, Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State.
The goal of the partnership is to build a network of businesswomen in MENA, so as to expand the number of women in business, to increase the value of their businesses, to advance the role of women in society, and to promote a regional culture of women’s entrepreneurship.
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