After an overwhelming response for their recruitment advertisement, which was published in April 2021, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) recruited its first all-female Engineering Executive Trainees (EETs) batch. The engineering graduates were selected based on their performance in the GATE 2021 examination conducted across various engineering divisions such as Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics and Instrumentation disciplines. As a mark of its stand on gender diversity and inclusion, the company has also planned for an all-female Operation Control Room at the National Thermal Power Corporation. Around 30 candidates have already reported to work from the 50 offer letters sent. The team joined last month and is currently undergoing a training session along with a customized induction program to analyze each person’s strength and weakness. These trainees will be reporting to work at NTPC’s state of the art Regional Learning Institutes (RLIs) located at NTPC Sipat, NTPC Vindhyachal and NTPC Simhadri in the Mechanical, Electrical and Control & Instrumentation (C&I) disciplines.
“NTPC has been working on improving its gender ratio wherever possible. It has always believed in providing equal opportunity to all the sections of society and has consciously promoted diversity through its hiring practices,” says the company in a media release.
As per the report issued by the World Labour Organisation, while male employment numbers mostly recovered to pre-pandemic levels, women continue to suffer incurring job losses due to various reasons. Being unable to cope with the work from home situation, handling kids, work-life balance, lay-offs etc, women face several issues in the job market.
Organisations like the NTPC have been working on improving their gender ratio wherever possible and strive to provide equal opportunity across all departments. The company also supports women in the workforce by adhering to various labour policies such as child care leave with pay, maternity leave, sabbatical leave and NTPC special child care leave on the adoption of a child or delivering a child through surrogacy. Statutory requirements and policy guidelines are adhered to without any discrimination.
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