Petra recognises the benefits of a diverse workforce and actively encourages women at all levels of the business.
Our aim is to afford women the appropriate training, development and attention to progress within the organisation across all job levels. Petra has a number of initiatives aimed at developing women into managerial positions, such as the LDP, which has, since its inception, focused on the advancement of women, and the Women in Leadership programme. We are focused on affording women an equal role as part of the next generation of Petra employees and as a result 39% of our interns, 36% of our engineering learnerships, 44% of our mining learnerships, 75% of our bursary students, 55% of employees attending the MDP and 33% attending the LDP in FY 2021 were female.
To support the development of women, Petra formed a Women in Mining (“WIM”) Committee in FY 2015, with the aim of creating a platform at Petra’s South African operations to share experiences, identify challenges in the workplace and to promote development opportunities. The WIM Committee is tasked with reviewing Company policies and procedures, with the goal of attracting and retaining female representation in the Group, as well as providing input and recommendations to management on issues relating to women. The WIM Committee meets every quarter and provides input and feedback to the Petra Group HSEQ Steering Committee.
As part of Petra’s commitment to gender diversity and encouraging women in the workplace, Petra launched a Women in Leadership programme in October 2018. As we have a number of women progressing through education and training with technical and managerial positions, it was important to develop a programme to support these women moving into an environment that has typically been male-dominated.
Since the launch of the programme, the ladies have been involved with different sessions at all operations, with a total of five themes. Subjects covered include ‘personal effectiveness’ a complexity seminar and ‘influencing others’, to name just a few.
All participants have recognised the need to have such a space for women to support growth and experiences in their journey to reach their full potential for future successes.