BANGALORE: As the spotlight remains fixed on the issue of onsite hiring for IT firms, Wipro is planning ahead in cultivating teams of local business leaders with an Indian ethos. The company is scaling up its “India gateway” program, through which it gives campus recruits from the UK, Europe, and Africa an opportunity to spend months at a time in its India campuses.
Launched last year, Wipro says the program has been more successful than anticipated, and this year, over 100 employees across the world are expected to be working here.
“Going forward, the number of local hires abroad will only increase. Management also has to come from local talent more in the future. Keeping that in mind, we felt it was important to have locals immerse themselves in the culture of the company. Having them train here is a great way to do that,” says Sourabh Govil, Sr. Vice President – Human Resources, Wipro Ltd.
“We expect these trainees to make up the middle management rung in the near future, and then go on to take bigger leadership roles,” he adds.
While a majority of the students have come for 3-6 month internships in technology and management from countries such as the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, a large number has also been roped in from South Africa, with almost 30 local students undergoing the program for three months.
Wipro says it is unsure of how many such interns it will take on board next year, but numbers are expected to surpass the 100 from this year.
Says Pratik Kumar, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Wipro Ltd, “The anxiety that we had, in terms of visa issues, and interest level amongst students to come and work here, has been put to rest. The issues are much smaller than we had anticipated, students are showing a lot of interest, and we will definitely be recruiting for the program in larger numbers.” (Source:ET)