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The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority has launched a programme for women's advancement to senior positions.
Sandra Dunn, spokesman for the Women's Development Programme, says the initiative, launched this year, aims to accelerate women's participation in the sector by unlocking potential through skills development.
The Bank seta programme will run until 2010. The first intake of 15 women in middle management was completed last month. Candidates were trained for three months. Training included a trip to China where the women learnt management and leadership skills that are scarce nationally and in all industries.
Dunn, who went to China, said the training exposed women to a global view on leadership in a rapidly growing economy. She said a key challenge facing women, not unique to South Africa, is finding a balance between work and family life.
"Corporate South Africa is still very male in its make-up and therefore not sensitive to the multiple roles women need to fulfil," she said.