WAN seeks mentors to tackle gender gap

Applications for Women Automotive Network’s mentorship programme is imminent, with anyone looking to either become a mentor or mentee encouraged to sign up before 24 January.

The Women Automotive Network’s Mentorship Programme is designed for both personal and professional development. It gives the mentors an opportunity to be role models, and mentees an opportunity to strengthen their skills and increase their overall career satisfaction.

​Since its launch, 96% of participants have said it furthered their career, and 72% have stayed in touch with their mentor.

​Some notable mentors have included Penny Weatherup, people director, Volkswagen Group UK; Arlena Amiri, head of advanced engineering, Polestar; Chetna Jain, VP of programme management, Bristol Superlight; Cláudia Brandão, luxury market specialist; Lucía García-Linares, head of operations control in parts supply chain group, Toyota Motor Europe (TME); and, Sabine Angermann, vice president purchasing, Porsche AG.

​The duration of the programme is four months, with mentors meeting with their mentees every two to four weeks.

​Available dates to kickstart the programme in 2024 are 1 February and 1 July.