Alstom which currently employs 1800 people at its Bengaluru office, is planning to increase its workforce by minimum 700, according to a media report.
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.
Alstom is a French multinational which operates in the railway and railways parts manufacturing space and provides a complete range of systems, components, and services for the railway industry. It’s Bengaluru office currently handles projects from India, South-East Asia, Middle East and also Australia.
For the Indian market, it is currently involved in designing, manufacturing and delivering the Kochi, Lucknow and Chennai metro trains apart from other local trains. For Chennai, it has already supplied 39 trains out of the 42 as part of its contract. The Kochi metro train which was inaugurated last month is among the first completely ‘Make in India’ projects as it was designed in Bengaluru and manufactured in Sri City in India.
Also last month, the company had announced that the first phase of its factory, which is currently under construction in Bihar, would get completed in September. It is a joint project between Indian Railways and Alstom.
As part of its global expansion in terms of portfolio, Alstom also wants to create a more diverse workforce. Currently, 13% of the women in its center are women as compared to 17% globally. As part of its long-term efforts, the company wants to bring that percentage to 25%. And for the same, the company has also introduced a childcare center as its Bengaluru office, and would also be introducing part-time work options, especially to prevent women from leaving the company due to familial reasons.
“Our workforce must be representative of the population that uses our products, and we have regular conversations with employees to discuss improvements to spearhead diversity efforts,” said Jean-Francois Beaudoin, Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia Pacific.
Apart from the international and Indian rail projects under its kitty, the company is also busy in building an electric bus, which they would pitch to the Indian government, once the project gets completed.