Two women employed by a local leader in the field of portable air, nitrogen, power rental and and lighting solutions are to undergo a corporate training and mentorship programme for female employees called ‘Future-Fit Females’, as presented by holding company, Atlas Copco.

At Rand Air, assistant accountant Nokubonga Dlamini and seasoned sales representative at the Mpumalanga branch, Chantal Bekker, have been chosen as course participants and according to a company press release, embody the course requirement of “a balanced, well-skilled individual, who is self-actualised and able to face any challenge with strength and confidence.” To successfully navigate the business landscape of the future, companies need to continuously adopt new strategies to ensure they are ‘future-fit’: enabling resilience, agility, sustainability and longevity.

Conducted over nine months, (February until September), the ‘Future-Fit Female’ programme provides monthly training sessions which cover various themes to improve personal and professional life skills. These sessions, presented by Key Steps’ CEO Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, include one-on-one coaching sessions, professional business writing, constructive communication and conflict management; as well as a focus on emotional intelligence and personality, collaboration, and relationship-building, among others. This is encouraging progress in a society where things such as the glass ceiling still exists, especially in industries.

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