Lockheed Martin to ramp up women headcount in India

Lockheed Martin to ramp up women headcount in India
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Coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES-2017) here, Lockheed Martin on Tuesday announced its decision to give more priority to women in the company’s recruitment plans. Women employees at this US aerospace giant account for only five per cent of the total headcount of 1,000 in India. 

Hyderabad: Coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES-2017) here, Lockheed Martin on Tuesday announced its decision to give more priority to women in the company’s recruitment plans. Women employees at this US aerospace giant account for only five per cent of the total headcount of 1,000 in India.

“We want to increase the number of women employees in India to 50 per cent from five per cent currently. We have set an ambitious target of taking this to 50 per cent,” Lorraine M Martin, Deputy Executive Vice-President, Lockheed Martin (RMS) told the media here. She is in the city to take part in the GES-2017.

Lockheed Martin is taking several steps to enhance interest of girls towards technology and engineering disciplines in the US and they would try to replicate those steps in India. She further adds: “Huge potential exists in India in innovation and the only challenge is to tap that.

However, Martin pointed out that a clause in India’s Factory Act prohibits women to work on machines after 5 pm. It is limiting the abilities of women. I hope this issued would be addressed by the Indian government.”

The US aerospace major is working with Indian government on several products. “Space science is an important area for enhancing cooperation with India. Lockheed Martin in June singed a deal with the Tata Group to produce, operate and export the combat-proven F-16 fighters in India. Under the deal, Lockheed will shift its Fort Worth, Texas plant to India,” she said.

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