Contract caterer Elior UK has launched a mentoring scheme to help female staff to progress in their careers.
Womentoring is a 12-month programme being led by Leni Savva, Elior UK’s CFO, to boost female representation in senior roles across its business. It will provide opportunities for talented employees to be supported and empowered by established Elior colleagues.
The first cohort of 10 female mentees has met up with mentors to discuss development plans for the year. With a strong understanding of Elior’s structure and opportunities, the mentors will help women work towards their career goals by establishing connections across the business. Along with one-to-one mentoring, programme mentors and mentees will promote gender diversity across the business. Through this, said the company, programme members will be able to identify more opportunities to support internal mobility.
Savva said: “We have an inclusive culture at Elior that celebrates equality. However, although we have a higher proportion of women than men working here, we noticed that there is still work to be done in reflecting this in leadership and management roles across the business. We set targets to increase the number of women in our leadership team, middle and senior management, and the number of female chefs. This mentoring scheme was one of the initiatives designed to help us achieve these.
‘This isn’t just about making the numbers: it's about inspiring confidence and helping employees to achieve their potential.”
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