HSBC India has recently launched its ‘Take Two’ programme at its Global Service Centre in Bangalore, after its successful launch at its sites in Hyderabad and Gurugram.
‘Take Two’ is a 12-week full-time internship to help women on a career break to return to work. It’s another step-in HSBC’s journey to drive a diverse and inclusive work culture.
At the HSBC Bangalore Global Service Centre, around 100 women attended the launch event, which included some highly experienced women professionals. Going forward the candidates will be selected via panel interviews and assessments. Successful applicants receive a two week orientation, comprising of induction, leader-led sessions and classroom training. They then complete 10 weeks of on-the-job assignments that are aligned to their experience and aspirations, along with learning plans, networking sessions, and mentoring.
Kirsty Roth, Global Head of Operations – HSBC, said, “At HSBC we consciously promote gender balance at the workplace and are committed to supporting the success of talented female colleagues, Take Two is one such initiatives through which we fulfil this commitment. Encouraged by the success of the Take Two programme in India, we are also looking into how we can extend it to other countries in our network. For us, a balanced, diverse and inclusive working environment is not just good for business but it’s simply the right thing to do.”
Recently, HSBC introduced its first all-women group of 30 management trainees and another group of over 100 female graduate interns.
Subir Mehra, Head of Operations – Global Service Centres, HSBC, said, “In addition to welcoming experienced female professionals to HSBC through our Take Two programme, we have also had all-female groups of management graduates and interns joining our workforce in recent months. Based on the great response to these initiatives, we are now making them part of our recruitment strategy across all of our Operations sites in India.”
During 2016, 46% of all new recruits at entry level in HSBC entities across India were women, and women constituted more than one-third of the overall workforce.