In generic training, gender is not a major issue.
However, research demonstrates that in development work, women and men do operate differently. Their work and life experiences also vary.
To accommodate those differences and so increase the learning value, there is both a men’s program (Navigator) and women’s program (Springboard).
A final note
Because this is a development program and not simply a training program, we also require that women volunteer to participant rather than be nominated.
You can’t force people to develop, but you can certainly encourage and motivate them to choose to do so.
Our collective experience, based on twelve years of running Springboard programs in-house, proves that forced enrolment is damaging to the employment relationship and the best results occur when women choose to enrol in the program knowing the employer supports and encourages it.