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Tata Steel Breaks Barriers, Invites Transgender Candidates for Job Opportunities

February 13, 2024- Tata Steel, a prominent global steel company, has taken a significant stride towards fostering inclusivity by inviting applications from transgender candidates for various positions across multiple locations. With an annual crude steel capacity of 35 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), Tata Steel aims to break the glass ceiling and integrate transgender individuals into mainstream society.

The company’s initiative welcomes transgender candidates with diverse qualifications, including Matriculation, ITI, graduation in any discipline, diploma in engineering, or a degree in B.E./B. Tech from recognized institutions. The application deadline is set for February 15.

All applicants will undergo a selection process, potentially involving a written test and interview, as per the company’s requirements.

This move follows company’s previous efforts to enhance transgender inclusion in its workforce. In February 2022, the company onboarded 12 crane operator trainees from the LGBTQ+ community at its Kalinganagar plant in Odisha. Additionally, Tata Steel’s captive mining division in Jharkhand’s West Bokaro employed 14 transgender individuals as Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) operators at its mines.

A company official noted that this thoughtful intervention not only addresses the unconventional topic of hiring transgender individuals but also sets a precedent for other organizations to follow in achieving true inclusivity. Tata Steel’s approach involved initially improving gender diversity ratios by hiring more women employees in core operations before expanding to include transgender individuals in their mining division.

With a target of achieving a 25% diverse workforce by 2025, Tata Steel’s global presence spans five continents, with an employee base exceeding 77,000. This initiative underscores the company’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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