Women given support to climb management ladder
An innovative programme to help female production workers climb the management ladder has been launched by insulation manufacturer Rockwool.
Staff at the Pencoed-based company have benefitted by signing up to an initiative called Agile Nation Ascent. The project, run by the women's economic development body, Chwarae Teg, aims to boost women's confidence, unlock their management talents and provide them with a recognised qualification.
Rockwool called in Chwarae Teg to help them ensure more women in the business achieved their full career potential. Since the initiative started, ten women from Rockwool have earned accredited Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications to help them progress. A further two have been promoted.
Ascent is part of Chwarae Teg's £12.5m European Social Fund and Welsh Government-funded Agile Nation project that is supporting the progression of women in the workplace.
Bob Perry, production director at Rockwool, said: "Rockwool has a good history of tangible success with regards to breaking down barriers, for example the Bridgend factory had Rockwool group's first female factory manager in 1992.
"We've always had women in the offices or labs, but in 2007 we wanted to attract women into manufacturing, which is often seen as a man's environment, so we had a drive to recruit local women. Thank you to Chwarae Teg for their support and for providing the training opportunities for our female workforce."
Hayley Dunne, Agile Nation project manager, added: "When we set up Agile Nation our aim was to have a real impact on real lives and the achievements of these women is this aim realised. I thank the managers at Rockwool for identifying individuals whom they believed had great potential. Congratulations to all the women who have undertaken the Ascent programme and for proving your managers right."