Mindtree, a digital transformation company has decided to launch a returnship programme on the occasion of International women’s day where the company will give opportunities to technology professionals who have taken a career break.
Candidates who are eligible for this programme should have two years of experience and a career gap of at least two years. The company will launch this programme in Kolkata and then expand it to other locations in the country.
While it has been revealed that the programme is open for all but Mindtree hopes to attract women talent in particular through this programme. Generally, females are compelled to drop their professional careers due to personal circumstances such as child birth or marriage.
The programnme will aim at refreshing the candidates in their respective skills and restart their career. As part of the programme, the company plans to reskill the new candidates through digital learning boot camps, skills-based intervention, mentorship, and opportunities to work on live, cutting-edge projects.
“Restarting a career after a break can be at once exciting and daunting,” says Suresh Bethavandu, CPO, Mindtree. “The objective of our returnship program is to make that return as seamless and effective as possible. It seeks to help returners rediscover their talent and a sense of purpose. We plan to leverage our acclaimed learning and development programs to give these individuals an opportunity to upskill and evolve into higher-end career opportunities. The program will pave the way to bring in more diverse talent to Mindtree, helping them hone their skills to accelerate their careers, while enabling us to unlock greater innovation and creativity that come with a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace,” Bethavandu adds.
Mindtree has created a community of women professionals in the company, named Athena. It fosters a spirit of togetherness at work through several dedicated initiatives. Women Wednesdays, a special get-together for women professionals, provides women leaders from within and outside the company share their life stories and experiences in order to guide fellow professionals. The Women Tech Trailblazer initiative involves coaching women at the associate, junior and mid-senior levels to help them make the right choices and grow.
The company also has a ‘She WILL’ (Women in Leaders League) initiative, which is targeted towards senior women leaders and promoting a gender sensitive and inclusive work environment.
To ensure a gender-equal workforce, Mindtree constantly encourages its professionals to refer women with the right talent, and provides 1.5-times the regular referral bonus for every successful woman professional who joins Mindtree.
With such focused hiring, leadership development, coaching and mentoring initiatives, the company aims to increase the representation of women at Mindtree which currently stands at 32 per cent to 40 per cent before the end of this decade.