Reaching Hard to Reach Communities
Diversity and inclusion at Altran as one of the beliefs have played an important role in our decision to work with differently-abled groups. This policy of our company encouraged us to develop a more inclusive approach towards work arrangements, workforce and infrastructure management. Inclusion of LGBTQ, digital accessibility program and women-specific programs have ultimately led to a more inclusive social culture through CSR.
The pilot phase of the Digital Inclusion Program was initiated for accessibility testers with an objective to help visually challenged people who test websites, computer software user interfaces and mobile phone apps and validate the same if they are user-friendly for persons with disabilities. The idea was also to evaluate if these services and applications complied with accessibility standards such as WCAG, etc.
The current phase of the program is an extension of learning experiences and includes more than 300 differently-abled beneficiaries. The project aims at enabling youth with disabilities to achieve financial independence through vocational skill-building and placement support. Through dedicated efforts in the area of skill-building and employment support, trainees can get employment and sustained support for quality performance.
The program encompasses basic skill-building, sector-specific training pre-employment training, allied activities, regular assessments, and feedback. Practical knowledge of various trades (IT – ITeS, Tourism & Hospitality and Organized Retail) are provided to the candidates in the well-equipped Sector Skill Labs set up at each centre. This year, the program is focussing on enhancing beneficiary and geographical reach as well as supplying basic essential kits to those who are serving amongst the COVID-19 impacted population.