Last week, Colt joined The Girls’ Network at their end-of-year celebration event. Over 100 girls, mentors and corporate partners came together to celebrate the network and take part in a careers fair. We spoke to the girls about Colt, sharing how our fibre affects their world every day, and inspiring them to consider a career in tech and telco.
Building a connection with communities around the world and contributing positively to those we live and work in is important to Colt. The Girls’ Network is one of our UK partners and Network 25 – Colt’s Women’s Network has been working closely with the charity over the last year.
The Girls’ Network believes that no girl should have their future limited by her gender, background, or parental income and all should be supported to realise their ambitions, discover their self-worth, and develop their capacity to shape their world and future. In the UK, there are 106,000 more young women than young men that are not in education, employment, or training. * The Girls’ Network’s mission is to change that and; “to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.”
Since the beginning of this year, Colt has funded the training of six volunteer mentors from the business who were then connected to six girls, aged 14-19, from schools local to Colt House in Shoreditch. The mentors and mentees have been meeting throughout the year, and The Girls’ Network has seen an impressive increase in many aspects of the mentees’ confidence. The girls are also thinking much more positively about their futures, thanks to their conversations with female professionals at Colt.
As well as providing mentors, Colt has also hosted several events at Colt House, providing a space where the girls can experience an office environment and meet their mentors to discuss their ambitions and future.
Through our employees’ direct mentoring and by hosting the network’s events at Colt House, we have engaged with over 115 girls and women in The Girls’ Network in 2019. We’re very proud to support this initiative and glad we could join the network’s celebration event last week. We enjoyed meeting the girls and telling them about Colt, the importance of fibre connectivity, and why tech and telecoms is a great industry for everyone to work in.
Thank you to The Girls’ Network for a great year! We can’t wait to build on our partnership in 2020 by providing more mentors and hosting events; to help more network members connect, inspire and build relationships that support unlimited futures for all girls and young women.
*The Girls’ Network. Find out more at: https://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/