Tata Steel’s West Bokaro Division onboards 16 women Heavy Earth Moving Machinery operators in a pathbreaking initiative
~ Yet another milestone in the Diversity & Inclusion journey of the Company ~
Promoting diversity and inclusion as a way of life to ensure fair and equal opportunity for all employees, Tata Steel’s West Bokaro Division onboarded 16 women Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) operators in all shifts at an event organised today under its flagship programme - Women@Mines.
The occasion was graced by Atrayee Sarkar, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, and D B Sundara Ramam, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel, along with Manish Mishra, General Manager, West Bokaro Division, Tata Steel, Siddhartha Shah, Chief Human Resource Business Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Tata Steel, Mahesh Prasad, President, Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh, West Bokaro, Kailash Gope, Secretary, RCM Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh, West Bokaro, and other Company officials.
‘Women@Mines’ programme aims to provide technical training to the unskilled women workers and enable them to work in core jobs at mines. West Bokaro Division, the first coal division in the Company to launch this initiative, received over 446 applications out of which 16 candidates were selected after a written test and a personal interview. The minimum qualification required was matriculation. These candidates will undergo intensive training for a year to hone their skills as HEMM operators. Post successful completion of their training, these women will be deployed as Operations Assistant to operate HEMM at Quarry SE, which includes dumper, dozer, shovel, excavator, and drill.
Atrayee Sarkar, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, said: “Tata Steel has always provided career opportunities to the talented youth from the community, and Women@Mines at West Bokaro is yet another milestone in this journey. Focused on industry-wide efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, Tata Steel is making sure it provides a safe and an enabling environment to its workforce. We take great pride in welcoming onboard the new women recruit at our West Bokaro site and wish them an empowering career ahead.”
D B Sundara Ramam, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel, said: “Our Women@Mines initiative intends to provide a wider career choice for women who wish to be a part of Tata Steel’s growth story. The successful deployment of the first batch of 22 women at Noamundi iron mine in 2019 had given us immense confidence to push for greater women participation in a sector that has hitherto been considered a male domain. We will continue to work towards making mining an attractive and rewarding proposition for the young talent.”
Sharing her joy on the occasion, Sushmita Mandal, a HEMM operator, said: “From learning to drive bi-cycle, bike, & car, to gearing up to drive HEMM, I have come up a long way. Nothing is impossible if you are up for the challenge. I am happy that I will now share my workspace with my father and other male colleagues. This opportunity will not only weave a better future for all the aspiring girls in the region but will also inspire local housewives.”
Tata Steel has consistently taken steps to improve diversity and inclusion in the organisation for achieving a target of having 25% women workforce by 2025. The Company recognises that diversity in workplace positively impacts the business and initiatives like Women@Mines serves as a crucial enabler.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $21.1 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.
A Great Place to Work-Certified organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.
Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 by ICAI, among several others.
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