As one of South Africa’s top employers, Vodacom is committed to promoting diversity in our workplace. This includes making sure that our female employees have the resources they need to succeed.
Our Diversity and Inclusion approach is centred on the four segments: Colleagues, Customers, Communities and Co-Partners.
Mentoring the best
As a woman at Vodacom, you have access to some incredible programmes designed to help you reach your potential.
The Women’s Network Forum is a platform made of women for women to champion the gender equality agenda within Vodacom. It’s a powerful voice for positive change, and has the ear of top leadership.
The Women’s Network Forum Mentorship Programme connects leaders with more junior management staff who can learn from their fight to climb the corporate ladder. This programme includes a stint at Wits’ prestigious Business School.
The Mentorship for Leaders Programme is a leadership development programme designed specifically for females and connects the participating candidates with leaders within the organisation who help them with their professional and personal development. This programme includes attending lectures at Wits' prestigious Business School.
The Women in Leadership Programme is aimed at creating leadership and personal capacity in women across all employee levels. It's accredited by the NWU School of Business and Governance at NQF Level 7. The programme includes coaching by senior managers and mentoring by peers. The focus is on Networked Learning with a business case to solve and implement, giving the participants the opportunity to directly impact business operations. The nine-day programme comprises three three-day sessions over six months.
At Vodacom, we recognise that for many women, juggling work and family commitments can be difficult. Vodacom offers two world-class maternity leave options to employees. They can choose between six months (24 weeks) fully paid maternity leave, or 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave with the option to work 30 hours per week for six months after returning to the workplace.
In addition, Vodacom offers a maternity support programme to support women before, during and after maternity leave. It includes guidance for managers and teams on how to ensure the transition from having a baby to coming back to work is as easy and seamless as possible.
Helping women return to the workplace after an extended break, often to have children, is the aim of ReConnect, a global programme that aims to tap into this well of experience and knowledge. The programme includes training, coaching and mentoring, and also provides joiners with flexible working options that enable them to put their family first while excelling in their career. To apply for ReConnect, visit the Vodacom Careers website.
In the community
Many activities of the Vodacom Foundation focus on benefitting women in our wider South African community. The MeMeZa Shout Crime Prevention initiative and National Gender-Based Violence Call Centre are both supported by Vodacom and aim to end the scourge of violence against women.
For our customers
Last year, Vodacom Siyakha launched Mum & Baby, a service that mothers and other caregivers of babies and young children can access for free. It offers valuable health information and videos on a zero-rated platform, so it requires no data. Recently, Mum & Baby reached the incredible milestone of 1 million subscribers!
Join the Vodacom team
We’d love ambitious, driven women professionals to join our team. Browse available jobs and find out more on the Vodacom website.
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