International Women's Day 2023

Posted on 8th March 2023

Today is International Women’s Day, where the achievements of women are celebrated.

Last year we interviewed several staff in a variety of roles across MTS as part of our ‘Women in Business’ campaign.

This time, we thought it would be a great idea to interview the person responsible for Learning and Development in MTS.

Here’s how Nat Dixey (Learning & Development Specialist) ended up in her position, and what makes her tick as an individual outside of work.

“I studied sports at Uni but had no idea what I wanted to do – I fell into a role in HR and started out my early career working in HR admin at Russ Berrie, an American toy manufacturer.  After three years I moved on to Denplan (Dental health plans) still within HR, which included recruitment and payroll.  I moved into Learning and Development just to cover maternity leave and at that time I had no real interest in staying in that function...ten years later and here I am at MTS. I was very lucky to secure the role after redundancy and a matter of weeks before COVID-19.

“I like to keep learning myself and I think it’s important for my role to understand various qualifications as well, so over the years I’ve completed various qualifications including NVQ in Team Leading and Customer Services, CIPD Level 5, CIPD Learning Level 3, and Mental Health First Aid Training.  I took the opportunity during lockdown to complete some extra qualifications including Level 2 in Equality & Diversity and Mental Health Awareness.

“I still have a strong interest in sport and I’m a member of an outdoor bootcamp team in Southampton (doing burpees in the mud and rain is good for your soul). During lockdown I completed the David Goggin’s challenge running 4 miles, every 4 hours for 48 hours with members of the group.  Now I have a baby I certainly won’t be doing those types of challenges for a while. I turned my passion into a hobby/part time job and achieved my Personal Training qualification so I’m now also an instructor for the group in my spare time, which I love. I literally get paid to shout at people to do push ups.  I’ve returned to MTS part time this month after maternity leave so It’s going to be an interesting journey to juggle being a mum, working and doing my PT stuff, whilst trying to keep fit, but I don’t like being bored so it will certainly keep me busy. I’m very lucky to have a supportive husband and family who help with childcare ensuring I still get to do the things I enjoy.”

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