Procter & Gamble (P&G) will introduce the ‘P&G ReLaunch programme’ to help talented professionals on a break to get back into the active workforce and restart their careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) roles. This programme is part of P&G’s commitment to strengthen diversity in STEM and will focus on people looking to relaunch their careers in IT, research & development, and product supply.
The programme, which will focus on work, training, networking and mentorship, will ensure that professionals are hired directly into a role and enjoy the flexibility and support required to restart their careers.
Customised training will be provided to help them transition back into the work environment.
PM Srinivas, VP and head – HR, Indian Subcontinent, Procter & Gamble revealed that when professionals, especially women, are forced to take a break from their careers to take care of their loved ones, they find it difficult to return to work, as there are “limited opportunities to regain full employment”.
The P&G ReLaunch program will be a “holistic platform that will not only provide an opportunity to talented and experienced professionals but also empower them, through customised trainings, mentorship programmes, networking platforms, and flexibility, to have a successful career.”
As part of the programme, the Company will broaden the ReLauncher’s professional network by creating platforms that enable relationship building throughout P&G. These professionals will be supported by senior mentors and buddies, who will help hem with advice required to navigate the organisation.
Additionally, P&G India’s ‘P&G Shiksha Betiyan Scholarship Programme’ will offer financial aid and mentorship to underprivileged girls who wish to pursue STEM education. This programme will be offered across 50+ colleges including technical institutes, undergraduate colleges and post-graduate universities.
Srinivas hopes that “Access to technical education will provide an opportunity to girls to create their own pathway towards a successful career in manufacturing, engineering, and technology roles across industries, and will also advance equality in these roles”.
The programme is expected to “break barriers for girls who aspire to pursue careers in manufacturing and lead to inclusive growth of the individual, communities and the world.”
Being committed to providing equal opportunity to women in STEM roles, P&G has partnered with NITIE to host the P&G-NITIE Equality Summit to spark conversations on issues that perpetuate a glass ceiling for women, uncover deep-rooted stereotypes that still exist, and motivate change specifically linked to equal representation in STEM and supply chain. Through its ‘Venus Betiyan Programme,’ the Company is also providing an exclusive three-year training on manufacturing operations specifically to women and is also offering mentorship programmes to the women members of its employees’ families.