College students ready to ‘Press for Progress’ when they mark International Women’s Day

February 08, 2018 - 9:00am

College students ready to ‘Press for Progress’ when they mark International Women’s Day

Female business leaders are being urged to sign up to an engaging and rewarding event to inspire College students and mark International Women’s Day.

This year, the global theme for International Women’s Day is ‘”Press for Progress’ and thousands of organisations and communities across the globe will join together to celebrate women’s journey towards parity.

In November 2017, new research from the World Economic Forum revealed that it will take a further 247 years for women around the world to achieve equal pay and employment opportunities.

At Nelson and Colne College, 60 female students will celebrate the day by joining 30 Lancashire business women for a day of motivation, mentoring and discussion, alongside an inspiring talk from Alison Malcolm, Outreach Officer at Burnley FC in the Community.

The event, which is organised by Lancashire business Role, will be facilitated by actress and former NCC student Amy Strange.

Wendy Bowers, Founder of Role and past President of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “Our Oysters and Pearls events are full of motivation, mentoring and sharing.”

“We want the girls to believe in themselves and their future and realise that we have superb career opportunities on the doorstep, in addition to a whole world of opportunity they can reach with the right attitude and support.

“This year, the girls will have the chance to find out what employers are looking for at interview as well as learning to approach the job market with confidence.”

“International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level.

“But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century and as 2018 is also the year we are also celebrating the first UK women gaining the vote, then it’s a great time to get involved.

Role works with women across the country to build confidence, improve management skills, develop succession planning and ensure opportunity for all.

The Oysters and Pearls event will run between 9am and 4pm on the 12th March and a hot lunch will be served during the event with networking from 12 to 1.30 included.

Role and NCC are looking for 30 wonderful women who are prepared to spend an inspiring day working with the girls. If you are a business owner, manager or leader in Lancashire and you would like to get involved, contact Wendy Bowers on 0792 9 917701 or email at