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International Women's Day: CEO, Loveday Ryder on all things being equal

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Loveday Ryder

In the run-up to International Women's Day (March 8), we sat down with Loveday Ryder to talk about her journey as an engineer and CEO. "Talent is equally distributed across the genders," explains Loveday. "We want to be naturally inclusive – so equality of opportunity runs through everything we do."

How to get a grip on your career development

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Sarah Walden, Associate Project Manager on the Special Projects Team at BPDTS.

Sarah Walden, Associate Project Manager on the Special Projects Team, put a plan in motion to further develop her skills in the delivery management space. Using a proactive strategy including, mentoring, shadowing, online training, and external courses, Sarah grabbed the wheel of her career, steering it towards a new destination. We get to learn more about Sarah's journey in our On the Spot interview.

LGBT+ History Month: my sense of Pride

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Joe Tetley, IT Service Manager, BPDTS

Embracing LGBT+ History Month helps everyone understand our past. With so much of LGBT history unrecorded, there is a real danger it gets lost, and we repeat the mistakes of our past. Unless you know where you've come from, it's tough to plan where you're going. This year, LGBT+ History Month has a theme of Poetry, Prose and Plays. IT Service Manager, Joe Tetley shares a powerful message about equality and inclusion.

Free to be LGBTQ+

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Amy Cross, Senior Agile Delivery Manager, BPDTS

February marks LGBT History Month in the UK, a month of events celebrating the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people across the world. For Amy Cross, Senior Agile Delivery Manager at BPDTS, it represents a time of community, equality, and freedom. Continue reading to learn why it's so important to feel comfortable in your skin.

Mentoring: is it the silver bullet you imagine?

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Dave Hall and Emma Moore in a mentoring session.

Mentoring is gaining momentum as a professional development approach. The impact and value of mentorship exponentially increase when it becomes one of many tools in your development toolbox. Used in conjunction with other activities including, coaching, shadowing, peer to peer training and formal training, mentoring complements the more comprehensive approach to career mobility and learning and development.

Why you need to talk more about mental health

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Loveday, Martin & Louis with the Time to Change Pledge

Leading organisations across all sectors are putting mental health and wellness issues on the boardroom agenda. Mental health issues cost UK employers £45 billion, and more needs to be done to tackle the challenge in the workplace. The more conversations we have about mental health the more barriers we can break down – minimising the isolation, shame, and worthlessness too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.

How to instigate changes at the end-user level

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ackers and end-users discussing the value of new application features.

We recapped the 3 solutions hackers created during the BPDTS Hackathon in December in our blog post ‘How to hack your way to the winner’s circle with co-creation’. This post explores why hackathons are becoming an increasingly popular way to instigate changes at the end-user level - in private, public and third sectors.

How to hack your way to the winner's circle with co-creation

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Three women hackers brainstorming about creating a skills matching application.

Crowdsourcing innovative solutions through hackathons, user-experience sessions, and customer feedback is driving success for many organisations. In December more than 50 people met in Manchester to attend a BPDTS Hackathon. Throughout the day, 3 teams worked diligently to support the hackathon's objective – how to improve the employee experience using the intranet as a platform.