Women in Glass
To honour the diverse, talented and dynamic women who work in the glass industry, Consol Glass took the opportunity to catch up with some of the incredible women who work in glass to get their views on the value that women bring to the business.
“Men just want to get the job done! Women pay attention to the finer details.” – Nothando Mhlongo
Consol’s “Women in Glass” initiative has been designed specifically to facilitate an ongoing empowerment process.
The year-long programme targets young women at supervisory and junior management levels to enhance retention and drive skills development. As Consol aims to nurture the next generation of leaders, the first group of 20 young women will build competencies in various areas such as the ecosystem of influence, cultivating allies through communication, emotional intelligence, seeking opportunities, resilience and creating personal leadership characteristics.
In addition, several other programmes, such as apprenticeships and learnerships, have a strong bias towards growing the number of young women who are recruited to participate.
Consol’s focus on inclusivity extends to two external programmes that the company sponsors in nearby communities. A New Venture Creation (NVC) Learnership project for unemployed youth with disabilities, and farming learnerships for emerging farmers from disadvantaged backgrounds, have both included a notable number of women among the beneficiaries.
Through initiatives such as these, Consol hopes to inspire, motivate and encourage women within the business to be the best they can be so that every woman’s success is an inspiration to another.