Joanna Jones.

Joanna Jones is the Operations Director at X-ray Mineral Services Ltd, based in Colwyn Bay, and applied for the Career Development Programme for Women in July 2015.

— Our industry is especially male-dominated at all levels so finding courses offered specifically to encourage the progression of women in the workplace was inspiring.

Why did you join the Agile Nation 2 project?

— Whilst I have plenty of experience working with people in a team environment, I have never before been responsible for leading a team. My current job role is developing into a position of authority, including the supervision of our laboratory team of 5 technicians.

Having started with the company as a technician myself and working my way up “through the ranks”, my desire was to gain information to be able to perform my duties with competence and confidence, and with the respect of my colleagues and team members.

Our industry is especially male-dominated at all levels so finding courses offered specifically to encourage the progression of women in the workplace was inspiring.

What have you gained from the project so far?

Already, my confidence and belief in my abilities has improved. Since starting the programme I now have confidence in the knowledge that my actions on a day-to-day basis relate directly to management best practice.

Participation in the course has enabled me to identify my strengths and has given me the tools to identify areas for development and improvement.

Would you recommend the project to others and why?

— This project is a fantastic opportunity for women to develop and enhance their skills and abilities, enabling them to take charge of their own career development.

Participation benefits both the women taking part and the businesses they work for. The project cultivates confident and effective managers and team leaders, which in turn will result in happy and productive teams.

I would highly recommend this project to both business owners and potential participants as a highly accessible and very successful platform to personal and business achievement.

Agile Nation 2 is ideal if you are looking to develop your skills and start progressing towards your first managerial or supervisory role. What are you waiting for? Call us today, 0300 365 0445.