In a bid to meet its global diversity targets, Alstom India has decided to hire more women in management, engineering and leadership positions, according to a news report.
The French rail transport major plans to increase women participation to 25% by 2020 from 20% now. Currently, the company had 10% or about 360 women employees in managerial roles while 14% of its engineering workforce are women.
According to Jean-Francois Beaudoin, Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific, “Alstom is looking at adding 1,000 engineers to its India workforce by 2019, with a significant share of women. Women are leading a number of important initiatives in the domains of projects, production, engineering and innovation and are important growth drivers for the Alstom business.”
In July this year, Alstom had said that it is planning to increase its workforce by minimum 700. The reason is being attributed to the fact that 50% of the workforce in the Bengaluru office would be handling international projects which would soon account for 60% of the total.
According to the recent news report, on an average, the company inducts more than 100 fresh engineering graduates in India every year. As many as 24% of engineers it has hired from campuses for this fiscal are women. In the next round of campus induction planned in July 2018, Alstom hopes to hire 51% women engineers.
"We are developing relationships with universities to nurture talented employees through our future management programme (FMP) as well," Beaudoin said. Under the programme, employees are sent for certified courses with a partner university in Singapore to hone their skills in leadership and engineering. Of the last batch, 30% were women.