Our Board Traineeship program, which began in 2002, is an integral part of our commitment to building leadership pathways for young women and non-binary people. The program provides our members with the opportunity to actively participate on our Board, without the financial or legal responsibilities of being directors.
The Board Traineeships program is underpinned by our commitment to quotas, with 30 per cent of our board positions being held by young women aged 30 years or under. This ensures that we maintain a culture of diversity on our board and foster an intergenerational dialogue that guides the work we do.
The Board Traineeship program is a valuable professional development opportunity, and an innovative approach to fostering the next generation of women leaders. It has tangible outcomes, with many of the trainees going on to be elected as Board Directors at YWCA Canberra and other organisations.
The Board Traineeship program is part of YWCA Canberra’s commitment to addressing the gender pay gap and increasing diversity on boards. Diversity in an organisation and its board results in improved decision-making, a better functioning board and wide organisational improvements. However, Australian boards are still significantly lacking in diversity.
With our Board Traineeship program being one of the only ones in Australia, we have developed Bringing on Board, a publication that outlines the critical steps to develop and implement such a program so that other organisations can take active steps towards gender equality and increased diversity.