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Wista UK seeks mentors to keep women in shipping
Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017
Wista programme offers support and advice to women in
maritime sector and target potential entrants still at school.
Institute Vice-chair Susan Oatway FICS promoting continuous
learning at a Wista event in London on Tuesday 28th November
This article appeared on Lloyd's
By Nidaa Bakhsh - @LloydsListNidaa - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women's International Shipping & Trade Association is
calling for volunteer mentors as part of a new initiative to be
launched in 2018.
The group aims to start with about 10 mentors and gradually
build up the programme by the end of next year, said Wista's UK
president Sue Terpilowski.
The idea is to "nurture" women in the maritime industry, giving
support and advice to ensure they stay on in the sector.
Susan Oatway FICS, who was appointed Vice-chair of the Institute
of Chartered Shipbrokers in October, called on women in shipping to
help strengthen the careers of those following in their
Speaking at a Wista event in London on Tuesday, Mrs Oatway, who
has been in the industry for 30 years, spoke of the institutional,
automation and cultural challenges that still plagued the sector.
"I don't treat this industry like a club," she said.
Change had to come from within, she said, adding that teaching
and mentoring was crucial. "It's about engendering curiosity,
She is the first female to have such a high ranking at the ICS,
which was founded in 1911.
Earlier this year, Wista and ICS offered 10 scholarships for a
one-year course to develop practical and commercial skills from
chartering in the various segments to ship operations and
management, law, insurance and finance.
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