Here at Women to Work we are motivated in all we do to help people to develop, and coaching is always at the core.
Whilst our specialism is in women’s development, we are also proud of the work we do in the general world of coaching and mentoring, supporting both individuals and organisations to be the very best they can be.
One such example is our work with two public sector organisations where we have created two bespoke versions of our ‘I’ Ignite – Maximising Management/Individual Potential, a programme for men and women, the first being a programme for a range of managers across a Council and the latest being a programme for middle managers at a Fire and Rescue Service.
One to one coaching and training others to coach and mentor is another way we achieve our vision to support and develop people, and this also allows us to share our enthusiasm with more people, whilst also giving us the opportunity to stay up to date with the latest thinking and developments in coaching and mentoring. Some examples of our work here have been; a mentor training programme for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue where we also took a group of delegates through the ILM Award in Mentoring in association with Red Vanilla; a three tier women’s development programme and research piece for Chess ICT, No:1 in The Sunday Times Best Companies Listing 2018 which included an introduction to Mentoring for their senior leaders; an ILM Level 5 Certificate and Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring in association with Red Vanilla and alongside our core coaching and the wonderful women we meet who come to us for one to one coaching we have most recently been delivering a one to one coaching programme with university students.
We have more in development too, including participation in a national women’s development mentoring programme and a Cheshire based mentoring pilot to support women to mentor women and to contribute to a culture where women are there for each other both personally and professionally.
Feedback from clients has been extremely positive in all areas of our work and you can read some of our testimonials below.
“I just wanted to let you know that the work that you did with us some years ago around mentoring has really had a positive impact on myself and my career. I really did take stock of where I was after your input and I also looked at the area of personal effectiveness. I found that coaching and mentoring as a management style really suited my personality and opened me up to far better and more effective working relationships. It also allowed me to have a positive impact on the development of our new generation of managers and having open and honest dialogue with them has resulted in not just improving my own, but the service’s effectiveness ……. So this is a thank you – really! There are loads of courses for all aspects of the work that we do – but not many have genuinely changed and improved me the way yours did. Thanks – and keep up the good work!” Tony Carlin, Head of Emergency Response, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, July 2018
“I undertook my ILM Coaching and Mentoring Study (Level 5) with Jenny and Emma over a period of 18 months.
My experiences of Emma and Jenny are that they are driven by delivering quality in all they do. To me, they are passionate about working with people from a range of backgrounds, supporting them to make a difference or change and really respecting whatever the person holds dear.
They provided a well-structured ILM programme suiting different learning styles, through different mediums e.g. on-line, telephone support, offering Skype support, paper hand-out materials, group sessions and support/information via email.
Emma and Jenny are true professionals and have a range of experience and materials which they drew upon and shared throughout the programme.
They work well together, are approachable, listen well, are highly organised and to the point, which is a huge help when you are studying, working and juggling many other elements of life!
I would thoroughly recommend ‘Women to Work’ as a business and as an ILM Coaching and Mentoring Course Provider.” Anne Raw, HR & L&D Professional, May 2017
“Emma and Jenny being involved in our business has been a real “game changer” for Chess. The experience and thoughtfulness they bring to the programme has given us real focus on Empowering our Women and I am excited to see where the business is in 12 months after their input. As the programme owner for Chess I would highly recommend working with them, they are honest, professional and their passion is infectious. Their flexibility allowed the programme to be tailored to Chess, which means it’s perfect for our individual business needs.” Kate Wood, Head of Knowledge, Culture and Office Experience, Chess ICT
To find out more about our work in this area you can read about coaching and mentoring for organisations here or visit our page to find out if one to one coaching is for you.
And our interest in personal development doesn’t just stay at work, outside of work we are both avid learners, readers and self-helpers, regularly looking for ways to continually develop ourselves and to share our learning with others. If this is something you enjoy too why not have a look at our selection of self-coaching tools or connect with us on social media as we aim to share useful articles and ideas as much as we can.
We hope this has inspired you to consider how you might invite coaching and mentoring into your work and life, for us it’s central to all we do and we hope to be able to continue to share our passion with many more individuals and organisations in the years to come.
Emma & Jenny
Emma Shute & Jenny Pollock are the founders & coaches of Women to Work. As well as designing and delivering Women’s Development Programmes and Coaching & Mentoring initiatives, Emma & Jenny both offer one to one coaching sessions, either face to face in Sheffield or Derby or by telephone or Skype. For more information contact Emma & Jenny here.