The National Assembly for Wales’s Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, launched the Women in Public Life Development Scheme ( WiPL ). 30 Jan 2014.

This innovative scheme will encourage more women to apply for public appointments, and other roles in public life, through the provision of mentoring, role-shadowing and training opportunities.

With women being significantly underrepresented in Public Life this scheme has an important role to play. It will help to ensure the effective development and progression of women into roles that often have a direct influence on people lives across Wales.

The WiPL development scheme will provide a mentoring, shadowing and training opportunity for 10-12 women in Wales for a period of up to 18 months.

Mentees will be provided with the skills and confidence to apply for positions in public life through a programme inclusive of intense personal development and skills training, one to one mentoring support, and role shadowing opportunities at the highest levels in public bodies.

At Chwarae Teg we’re delighted to have been chosen to run this scheme in partnership with Cardiff Business School, and you can expect it to be up and running in April 2014.

Meanwhile, if you have an interest in taking part in the scheme please contact Emma Tamplin by 7 April 2014 to register your interest as either a mentor or mentee.

Visit the Women Making A Difference website: womenmakingadifference.org.uk.

Email: emma.tamplin@chwaraeteg.com. Tel: 02920 478 917.

Editor note: News item updated: 10 / 01 / 2015.