Female business leaders are being urged to sign up to an engaging and rewarding event to inspire Nelson and Colne 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 equality.

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 an event filled with motivation, mentoring and discussion, including 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, debate 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.

“Delegates at previous events have told us it was ‘life changing’, and we are thrilled to be invited back to NCC. The feedback from our 2017 event there was amazing.

“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 continues to grow from strength to strength – so come and join us!”

Vice Principal of Nelson and Colne College Alison Rushton said: “Last year, the Oysters and Pearls event was hugely successful and the students who attended were overwhelmingly positive about how inspiring it was, including how it boosted confidence, self-esteem and ambition and improved communication skills.

“It is fantastic to have local, successful women helping, guiding and motivating young women to succeed and achieve their aspirations – no matter how big – and we are really looking forward to pressing for progress in 2018.”

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 Monday 12 March and a hot buffet lunch will be served during the event.

Role and NCC are looking for 30 women who are prepared to spend an inspiring day working with the female students. If you are a business owner, manager or leader in Lancashire and you would like to get involved, contact Wendy Bowers on 07929 917701 or email at wendy@role.uk.com

For more information about Nelson and Colne College, contact 01282 440272 or visit www.nelson.ac.uk