Press For Progress with FREE Career Coaching


Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity and this year, as part of their 180th Birthday celebrations, Pitman Training has invested in activity that we hope will help empower people to take ownership of pushing for progress in their careers.

We are committed to sharing FREE coaching and career development content every month, for people in the workplace to access. We will partner with entrepreneurs, business leaders, experts and inspirational women… and share a collection of bite-sized content and guidance that covers a range of subject matters and takes a very relaxed interactive approach.

Pitman ‘Push for Progress’ Career Coaching FREE Content:

  • Successful entrepreneur and outspoken Apprentice finalist, Claire Young shares her top tips and insights on how to listen to your own voice, how to harness your intuition and how to build and create confidence in the workplace that will help you achieve your career goals.
  • Pitman Training’s MD, Claire Lister talks about her own career journey and how she climbed the corporate ladder as she sets out to inspire and motivate others on using transferable skills to build their career for them.
  • Success coach and bestselling author, Emma Stirk provides a guest vlog about ‘Bringing Joy to your Job’ as part of Pitman’s mission to help the UK fall back in love with their careers. Emma shares her advice on how to focus on own self-development, how to create a mindset that creates happiness at work, and how motivate for change if that’s what we desire.
  • Equal Does not Mean Identical: Communication and Gender in the Workplace – explores the differences between men and women when it comes to communication in the workplace and how women can understand and work with these differences, with advice and tips on how to overcome the problems and benefit from opportunities to enhance confidence and optimise productivity.
  • Guest blog: Finding Confidence Through Your Clothes In The Workplace by Anna Mewes, global entrepreneur, personal stylist, and founder of The Style Lounge.
  • Take our ‘Career Animal’ Quiz, created to help identify what drives us at work by identifying our motivations.

Pitman Training Group Managing Director, Claire Lister said: “This is something totally different for us and I’m so excited to be launching our IWD Pitman ‘Push for Progress’ career coaching campaign and sharing this wonderful free content that we have created to help others. In the 100 years since some women were first given the vote, the UK has seen huge changes in women’s roles, but there is still more to achieve. At Pitman we have trained thousands of people over our 180 years, helping them to develop new skills or build on old ones, to support them in achieving their career dreams. We’ve worked with celebs and trained people within the BBC, ITV and some large corporate organisations. The majority of our customers are women and I see part of our role as being to empower them with confidence to achieve their goals and to reach their full potential, through advancing their skills.”

“Women have an innate tendency to multi-task. It’s something we are naturally good at, and we also have very active minds. We are always looking for the next thing to be done, to achieve, to challenge us, and I think this is fantastic! It makes life interesting and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love working with women who are proactive in learning new skills, trying new things and always looking forward – and this is how we press for progress. We don’t stand still, we evolve ourselves and our roles, to make them what we want them to be.”

Pitman Press for Progress Partners

We encourage employers to give colleagues dedicated desk time for them to ‘Press for Progress’ not just on International Women’s Day but each month.

Pitman Training has already secured the backing of NHS Training Schools, The National Skills Academy West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre, The National Society of Head Teachers and McVities for them to provide their female team members with an hour of their day each month, to engage in the online coaching and career development.