Tata Steel has taken yet another step towards making its workplace a diverse one. The Company has onboarded four women stacker-cum-reclaimer operators (SCR) at its Meramandali plant in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district.
Through an external vendor partner, these women SCR operators will work in a raw material handling system, which is usually considered a job meant for men alone in India. The Company believes that this step will bring a change in the mindset of the people and will also encourage other women to come forward to look for such jobs.
These women stacking operators carry a diploma in mechanical engineering and have undergone onsite safety training and on-job learning mechanisms before being deployed on site.
In December 2021, Tata Steel had also hired 16 women as heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) operators at its mines at the West Bokaro Division under an initiative called Women@mines.
These women are now going through intensive training under the programme to hone their skills before being deployed as operations assistants to operate HEMM at Quarry SE, which includes dumper, dozer, shovel, excavator and drill.
Lately, the Company onboarded 14 crane operator trainees from the transgender community at its Kalinganagar plant in Jaijpur district Odisha.
Tata Steel is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, safe and fair workplace. It is targeting a 25 per cent diverse workforce by 2025. It is already a certified Gold Employer under the Workplace Equality Index for LGBT+ workforce.