Procter & Gamble announced that it will introduce the ‘P&G ReLaunch program’ to welcome back talented professionals who took a break from the workforce and are looking to restart their careers in STEM roles. This program is part of the company’s commitment to strengthening diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and will focus on people looking to relaunch their careers in IT, Research & Development, and Product Supply.
The program will have key components focusing on work, training, networking, and mentorship. As a part of this program, professionals will be hired directly into a role and will have the flexibility and support required to restart their careers. They will also be provided customized training designed to help them transition back into the work environment. The company will also focus on broadening the ReLauncher’s professional network by creating platforms that enable relationship-building throughout P&G. The professionals will also have access to senior mentors and buddies which will create a support network for them where they can get advice and the help, they need to navigate the organization.
P&G India will also introduce ‘P&G Shiksha Betiyan Scholarship Program’ to provide financial aid and mentorship to girls wanting to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. This program will be introduced across 50+ colleges including technical institutes, undergraduate colleges and post-graduate universities. The program will be aimed at underprivileged girls and will provide them with financial support and mentorship as they pursue STEM education.
PM Srinivas, Vice President and Head – Human Resources, Indian Sub-Continent, Procter & Gamble said, “Keeping and supporting women in technology is important to us. Every year, several women and men, take a break from their careers to take care of their loved ones and other personal reasons. When they attempt to return to work, there have limited opportunities to regain full employment. Our 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 customized trainings, mentorship programs, networking platforms, and flexibility, to have a successful career.”
He further added, “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. We hope that the P&G Shiksha Betiyan scholarship program breaks barriers for girls who aspire to pursue careers in manufacturing and leads to inclusive growth of the individual, communities and the world.”
P&G is taking a systemic approach to breaking barriers and driving equality in STEM. In line with P&G’s commitment to provide equal opportunity for women in STEM roles, P&G 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. More than 4000 students from over 150 colleges joined the conversation. P&G India also built digital and technological awareness and capability of more than 20,000 women across P&G’s external network including customers, retailers, agency partners, among others. Through its ‘Venus Betiyan Program,’ the company is also providing an exclusive three-year training on manufacturing operations specifically to female candidates and is also offering mentorship programs to female family members of its employees.