Springboard Women’s Development Programme​

This award-winning international programme is a three-month personal and work development programme aimed at women working in non-managerial roles across the Leeds Health and Care system.

Women are supported to assess themselves, set goals and develop practical interpersonal skills and the self-confidence necessary to achieve success in their lives.

During the programme participants review topics such as understanding strengths and unlocking potential, building confidence and presenting a positive image, enhancing assertiveness skills, developing greater influencing skills, setting goals and priorities, managing stress, building networks and improving communication skills.  As well as the opportunity to network with other colleagues the programme provides opportunities to hear from women from a range of roles and sectors sharing the challenges they have faced during their personal and professional life.

Keep reading to find out if this programme is right for you. The dates of any upcoming opportunities and information on how to apply can be found at the bottom of this page.

Are you at a career crossroads, feeling stuck in a rut, dealing with a difficult situation, hungry for more from life, or simply interested to explore your  options?

The award-winning Springboard women’s development programme provides the  inspiration, tools and confidence boost to enable you to choose what you want from  life and how to make it happen. It’s a fantastic opportunity to take some time to reflect,  make the right decisions for you and let your best self shine!

Springboard helps women to shake off the effects of limiting stereotypes in society, it  empowers women with the self-belief, assertiveness, helpful contacts and positive  thinking to build the life they want, both at work and at home.

The programme is fully funded by the Academy and we have 20 places available per cohort. We would like to encourage women from a BAME background to apply  however the programme is open to women from all backgrounds and ages working  across the Leeds Health and Care system (Children and Adults, independent and third Sector) in bands 1-6 AfC and up to and including PO4 or equivalent in non-managerial roles.

We have four programmes running in 2021 and these are currently delivered virtually via Zoom (support will be given to access the workshops). You must be able to attend all the workshop dates on the programme to apply. 

How does it work?

  • Currently delivered virtually over 8 workshops.
  • Accompanied by the Springboard activity book with development tasks to be completed in your own time between workshops.
  • Home groups– women supporting and encouraging each other. Working in home groups in the workshops and connecting with each other throughout the programme
  • Inspiring guest speakers who share their stories and tips

What could I gain from Springboard? 


felt more confident with professional relationships


felt more confident in terms of getting a better work/life balance


felt more confident with understanding their own values better


said they felt more confident with personal development and identifying their own development needs


of participants would recommend the programme to a friend / colleague 

Upcoming Opportunities

Click on the links below to apply. 

Springboard 2021 September B Virtual Delivery

Trainer: Veena Murray

You must be able to attend all eight workshop dates on the programme to apply. 

Workshop 1.1 – Wednesday 29th September 2021- 12:45 – 16:15
Workshop 1.2 – Thursday 30th September 2021 – 09:15 – 12:45
Workshop 2.1 – Monday 25th October 2021 – 12:45 – 16:15
Workshop 2.2 – Tuesday 26th October 2021  – 09:15 – 12:45
Workshop 3.1 – Wednesday 17th November 2021 – 12:45 – 16:15
Workshop 3.2 – Thursday 18th November 2021 – 09:15 – 12:45
Workshop 4.1 – Wednesday 15th December 2021 – 12:45 – 16:15
Workshop 4.2 – Thursday 16th December 2021  – 09:15 – 12:45 

Deadline for applying: Monday 26 July 2021


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