STRIDE, a leadership development programme for aspiring female leaders, is the latest programme to achieve endorsed status from NSAN.

NSAN Endorsed* is a quality mark given by NSAN which indicates that the training has been successfully assessed and benchmarked against relevant UK, IAEA and WANO Guidance.

STRIDE is a dedicated 6-month programme aimed at supporting female talent into leadership roles.   Long-time NSAN Provider member The Oakridge Centre, first developed the programme in 2014 in response to clients struggling to find leadership courses aimed at female middle managers.  Since STRIDE’s launch, nearly 300 women have benefitted from the programme.

Some of the learning outcomes for attendees include:

  • Developing a clear understanding of their drivers, their values and what is authentic to them
  • A clear measure of their emotional intelligence and the importance of it in their personal development journey
  • Building mental and emotional resilience to manage stress and create coping mechanisms
  • Leading their own career with a clear vision and purpose
  • Bringing others through the pipeline and being a role model
  • Making change happen through courageous conversations
  • A ‘practical’ action plan for the next 2-3 years

The first open course dedicated to aspiring female leaders from the nuclear sector is set to take place in September 2022.

Jo Tipa, Managing Director of NSAN commented:

“The nuclear sector is working hard to improve the gender balance within its workforce to achieve the target of a 40% female workforce by 2030. A further ambition, highlighted in the NSSG’s & WIN’s Sector Gender Roadmap, is to increase the proportion of women in senior management to 30% by 2030. The STRIDE programme is a tool that can be used to support aspiring female leaders to plan for their career progression.”

 Simone Robinson, Interim Managing Director of The Oakridge Centre commented:

“We are delighted that STRIDE, our unique programme for aspiring female leaders, has been endorsed by the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN).

“We sought endorsement by NSAN as we recognise that there are many industrial sectors, including nuclear in which women are underrepresented within leadership roles. An ambition within the Nuclear Sector Deal is that 40 per cent of those working in nuclear will be women by 2030. In line with this aspiration, STRIDE hopes to enable a greater number of women to advance their career into management and leadership roles. Furthermore, the NSAN endorsement will enable us to continue championing aspiring female leaders as STRIDE has been doing since 2014.”

STRIDE is available as an in-house or open course.  The programme consists of 3 x 1-day workshops, 1:1 coaching sessions, a range of webinars, networking events and pre and post-workshop support materials.

The registration for the open September nuclear industry-focussed course will open shortly via the NSAN website.  If you would like to express your interest in the course, please email [email protected].

For further information on the STRIDE programme, including feedback from prior learners click here.


* NSAN Endorsed Programmes are courses delivered by the NSAN provider network that have been through NSAN’s quality accreditation approval process and carry the associated quality mark.  For more information