A women’s collective of government IT parks in the state has started a ‘Back to Work’ programme for women IT professionals in a unique initiative to bring back women who had worked in the IT field and were forced to take a break from their job owing to various reasons.
The women forum of Prathidhwani, a welfare organization for IT personnel, inaugurated the initiative at Infopark in Kochi, Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, and Cyberpark in Kozhikode.
The programme is open to all women who have worked in the IT sector for at least one year and are looking to restart their careers. The candidates who have been accepted will go through two months of re-skilling and up-skilling training.
Various technical subjects will be covered during the special training sessions. Following the training, the collective will assist the candidates in finding jobs in various IT organizations via their job portal.
“Many women IT professionals were forced to leave their job due to various reasons, including marriage, childcare, etc. Even if they want to return to their profession, it would be difficult for them to get a placement in IT companies mainly due to the career break. We are planning to extend support to such candidates,” said a member of the Women Forum of Prathidhwani Aswathi J G.
“Those who are interested in restarting their career can approach us. We will categorize the candidates based on their experience, training and current requirement trends. After training, their profiles will be shared across all the companies for evaluation. The training sessions would be held through virtual platforms,” she said.
“We will assist the candidates to become updated by supporting in the training and interview preparations, but the placement would be carried out by the companies based on the performance of the respective candidates,” she said, adding that Prathidhwani will reach out to all the companies registered in the organization’s job portal requesting evaluation of the candidates.
On International Women’s Day, registration for the programme opened on Tuesday. “The response to the programme was overwhelming. More than 200 people have registered for the programme until Wednesday evening. The registration would remain open till Friday,” she said.