JDX Introduces Women’s Mentoring Scheme
Priya Patel, Olivia Amura
The culture of JDX relies on our commitment to the internal development of our staff. As a result of this, structured mentoring programmes have long been a critical part of our Academy programme. We are proud to be launching our newest addition, JDX’s Women’s Mentoring Scheme, designed for our female graduates this April.
Mentoring is a valuable tool which we wish to leverage at JDX, with research showing that men tend to seek and offer mentorship far more readily, while women typically need to be found and encouraged (Laff, 2009). Further, in a survey of 3,000 American employees: ‘82% of men have had male mentors, while just 69% of women have had female mentors’ (Forbes, 2002). Consequently, the launch of our female mentoring programme is a targeted approach to supporting junior women at JDX from the start of their career.
According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020, it will take another 100 years to achieve gender equality based on the current rate of progress.
With this in mind, the JDX Women’s Mentoring Scheme has been developed to enhance JDX’s policy of creating a diverse workforce and guiding our junior women through their introductory years at JDX. The programme will be structured around a mentee-mentor relationship that is highly personal and individualised, and we are targeting those early years as we know that this is where early signs of microaggressions can often be overlooked, leading to long term impacts to the individual female both in terms of her position in an organisation and her mental health.
Learning is a core value within JDX, and this programme facilitates learning and development by ensuring one on one contact with mentors to enhance skills such as leadership, entrepreneurship and confidence. We believe this new programme will help to further engage in gender diversity directives throughout the year.