SAP rolls out initiative to reintegrate women within the workforce

SAP has launched a ‘Back-to-Work’ initiative, aimed at giving professional women looking to re-enter the workforce after a career break the opportunity to do so.

Recognising that many of the women who took a step back to focus on personal commitments are qualified and experienced, the company has rolled out a programme that offers project-based assignments and practical assistance to potential candidates.

“India currently ranks 108th out of 145 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2015. Back-to-Work aims to reintegrate an untapped pool of high-potential female professionals back into corporate life,” Vlasta Dusil, vice president of human resources, SAP India, told ET.

“In the era of digitalization, diversity and inclusion are imperative to innovate for tomorrow,” she added.

The company is looking to attract women from a wide range of professional backgrounds and successful candidates will be assigned to projects that complement their skills and experience. These candidates should have at least three years of continuous work experience before leaving the workforce for a minimum of two years.

Each assignment will last for a maximum of six months and work will take place onsite or virtually depending on the nature of the project. SAP will provide participants with competitive remuneration, flexible work arrangements when possible and the necessary support they need to integrate into the workplace.

In addition to networking opportunities, a project mentor will be on hand to guide participants through the process. There is the potential for full-time employment subject to business opportunities at the end of the six-month period.

SAP applications and services enable approximately 320,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

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