Springboard – award-winning work and personal development programme for women


The Springboard Women’s Development Programme enables women to both give and receive more out of their lives and careers. Springboard Programmes have been delivered for over 28 years in more than 45 countries across the globe.


It will tackle issues such as:


  • Building confidence
  • Realistic self-assessment
  • Aspects of being a woman
  • Identifying priorities
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Setting practical yet realistic goals
  • Improving your Health
  • Stress management
  • Presenting a positive image
  • Improved communication Skills
  • Building better relationships – working through triggers
  • How to build networks
  • Career Development


What you can expect from the Orto Stella Springboard Programme:

The workbook

Each participant is provided with their own personal copy of the 300-page Springboard workbook. This contains ALL the material for the 3-month programme, so there is no need for any photocopying of handouts etc. Participants need to work through the workbook in between the workshops.

The four workshops

The four one-day workshops are spaced a month apart over a three-month period and dovetail with the workbook. They enable the trainer to bring the material in the workbook to life and facilitate the mutual support so essential for development training..

The provision of role models

One of the issues commonly shown to hold women back at work is the lack of positive and relevant role models. Each workshop includes a Guest Speaker – another woman either internal or external to the organisation with a positive story to tell.


Women progress more effectively  when they have a network of people providing support, ideas and information. In addition to networking being a topic in the workbook, participants on Springboard programmes are allocated to a ‘home group’ of other women on the programme. Long-term evaluations showed how valuable and helpful these networks become.

Is the Springboard programme for me?


Are you:

> finding life too hard and too challenging?
> finding life quite easy, but unchallenging?
> at a new beginning taking the first steps?
> in a comfortable rut?
> at a crossroads wondering which way to go?
> at the top of a hill, surveying the view and wondering ‘What now’?
> discovering the path you are on is a cul-de-sac?
> going in totally the wrong direction?
> soaking your feet in a bucket of water and hoping the pain will go away?
> out of breath and watching others go by?

Wherever you are, you are a woman who is wanting to change something.

“We can’t be guaranteed equality under the law, but we can aim for equity”

Jane Elliot in Perception is Everything by Neish Training.
The quality of being fair and impartial.

The philosophy of the programme is to ensure it is accessible to the widest range of women. It is a programme developed by women for women and is recognised …

It is a tried and tested programme that is in its 30th year and is delivered across 46 countries to empower women with their work and personal development.



So glad I did it! Has really changed me, I am now a more confident person who is able to face any challenge. I am now looking forward to enjoying my life and living life to the full.”

Rukhisana Kauser

I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’re unsure about where you go – whether at work or in your personal life, Springboard will help you clarify your position. You will realise what it is that’s important to you, set goals, learn to say no when appropriate and discover the difference between assertiveness and aggression.”

Elaine Withers

I have found the programme friendly, supportive and encouraging. It has moved me out of the ‘if only, what if,’ realising I need to change things to make things happen, rather than burying my head in the sand. I feel more positive and excited about the future”.

Christine Harris

Read more about the positive results achieved by attending the Springboard Programme at https://www.instructus.org/tag/oxford/


Links to valuable resources

Women in an abusive relationship or anyone with concerns can call free 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge.