Financial services major JP Morgan India, which piloted its global Tech Connect programme in the country last year, has leveraged the opportunity to recruit differently-abled persons in front-and centre software engineer roles.
The India cohort of Tech Connect, a 13-week intensive Java training programme that fast-tracks individuals with minimal coding experience into software engineers, has mostly hearing-impaired candidates, some with low vision while others are physically challenged.
These candidates were recruited from local NGOs in Bengaluru, particularly Win-Vinaya Foundation, which works in collaboration with NASSCOM Foundation to improve recruitment opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates in this space. Tech Connect graduates – none of whom knew how to code prior to the training — will become full-time software engineers at JPMC, having completed the boot camp earlier this month.
“We chose this cohort since this is an under-represented population in India with little access to assisted technology, educational tools and the like. STEM education for persons with physical disabilities in the country usually suffers because of this,” said Gaurav Ahluwalia, head of human resources, Global Services Centre, JP Morgan. “Through this pilot, we want to try and provide an alternative talent pipeline for our global technology business,” he said. The company said it has tried to crea ..