500 more pupils to benefit from Sisters NI leadership programme

  • Up to 500 sixth form girls from 30 schools across Northern Ireland will be given the opportunity to take part in a unique programme created to help develop the female leaders of tomorrow.

    SistersIN is an eight-month leadership development programme which aims to address the need for gender parity by building pupils’ confidence and broadening their career perspectives. Each pupil is matched with a female mentor from business, education or the public sector.

    The class of 2023 involved 188 pupils from ten schools. Unveiling a report on the impact of the programme in its first year, Peter Dobbin, Principal of Assumption Grammar School and Director of SistersIN said:

    “Year one was about getting the basics in place, piloting the SistersIN Programme across 10 schools and gathering valuable experience and feedback from our partners, mentors and pupils to help us take it to the next level. We've been blown away by the energy, support and enthusiasm of everyone who has been involved.

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    The class of 2024, which begins in September, was launched at an event at Danske Bank, a SistersIN Foundation Partner.

    Aisling Press, Managing Director of Personal Banking at Danske Bank and SistersIN board member, said:

    The class of 2023 benefited from exposure to the different careers that exist today, introductions to the world of work and to female leaders who have shared their career journeys and personal leadership stories with them. And as mentors we were absolutely blown away by these girls – the future is definitely bright.  The impact on pupils, mentors, businesses, schools and communities in its first year is very clear to see and as a Foundation Partner we’re excited to play our part in helping even more girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

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    93% of participating schools said that their pupils have grown in confidence because of the SistersIN programme. 99% of pupils felt as though the SistersIN programme was a worthwhile investment of time and 93% of pupils who took part said had already applied the leadership skills they learnt.

    Among the mentors, 81% said they gained meaningful insights into the future workforce and 71% said they saw an improvement in four or more leadership skills in the pupils they mentored. 

    Any business that would like to find out more about supporting SistersIN should visit sisters-in.org or email info@sisters-in.org

    Source: Written from press release

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