The Women Empowerment initiative from Volkswagen India came into being on 11th March 2015. 120 female employees working at Pune Plant, Chakan and Regional Competence Centre (RCC) in Hinjewadi were informed about the key action plan. In essence, the skill development-oriented programme is especially designed for women.
At present, women make up 12 pct of the total talent strength amongst indirect employees at Volkswagen India. The target is to increase this number to 30 pct by 2025 across all departments. The Women Empowerment initiative initiative aims to create a strong foundation based on best practices in gender diversity and inclusivity to nurture and grow female talent within the company says Peter Raussendorf, Head of Human Resources and Admin at Volkswagen India.
He adds, given the significant role women play in society and businesses, much can be achieved from a platform that further nurtures and develops this talent pool. The Women Empowerment initiative aims to drive existing female talent base at Volkswagen India forward and create opportunities for new recruits to develop and grow.
Women empowerment at Volkswagen India, 3 mentoring initiatives are in the offing: Sakhi Group, Kompass Programme and Mentor Programme to develop already existing potential. Sakhi Group platform will let women exchange ideas about women’s impact on global economy best practices, Volkswagen business, and build skills to define personal success and focus on career advancement. Kompass Programme will work with a select batch of women settled in their respective working area having proven their skills through a nine-month training. Kompass includes a six month cross functional project to work with high-potential female professionals. Mentor Programme developing framework will mentor and train high potential women leaders through a nine month project-driven programme.