Jul 14
Shielding Clean Energy
Shielding Clean Energy
ACHIEVING a major milestone despite the challenges of COVID-19, L&T has delivered a critical component for a plant in Haryana that will provide clean nuclear power.
The component – an End Shield – is critical to Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) nuclear plants and is an integral support to the reactor assembly, supporting coolant channel assemblies in which the fuel resides and heavy water coolant flows. It also limits the radiation dose rate in the fueling machine vault to an acceptable level.
L&T is a pioneer in nuclear equipment manufacturing, technology development and site/plant services right from the launch of India’s nuclear programme several decades ago. It has manufactured all the End Shields for 500 and 700 MWe PHWR plants in the country.
Reaffirming its trust in L&T, in March 2018 the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) awarded L&T the contract for a 700 MWe End Shield for the Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidhyut Paryojana (GHAVP). L&T Heavy Engineering vertical manufactured the critical component in a benchmark cycle time of 36 months – despite the numerous challenges triggered by the pandemic. 
On 6 April, the End Shield was flagged off from L&T’s Hazira Manufacturing Complex in Gujarat for the GHAVP plant. Senior officials from NPCIL and L&T graced the occasion.
To achieve the major milestone, L&T and NPCIL teams made several process improvements. This has turned out to be yet another example of L&T’s expanding green portfolio – in this case, contributing to the production of eco-friendly clean energy.
Jul 14
GRACE-ful Entry
GRACE-ful Entry
AS part of a novel HR initiative to on-board over 1,000 Graduate and Post-Graduate Engineering Trainees (GETs and PGETs), L&T  rolled out a digital programme, christened GRACE, to provide enriching information about the Company to the fresh recruits.
GRACE, in this case, stands for Get Ready for an Awesome Career in Engineering. L&T’s Corporate HR team has specially developed the virtual pre-joining engagement initiative in view of the second bout of COVID-19 in India that has resulted in strict curbs on physical movement and events.
The 10- week-long programme was launched through a virtual ceremony on 24 March. A panel discussion, featuring representatives from different L&T verticals, was organised as part the launch.
The focus of this one-of-its-kind virtual pre-joining engagement programme is on sharing content related to various learning paths with the new batch of engineering trainees. Besides, the “continuous engagement” also includes gamified quizzes.
Apart from live leader-boards that display how users stack up against their peers, the information shared with the new trainees in this programme has been broadly categorised into five learning tracks –  L&T Overview (L&T heritage/leadership/different businesses), L&T in News (awards and accolades won by L&T/project, and press releases), L&T Marvels (record-breaking projects and lesser-known facts about projects), behavioural skills (content related to impactful communication/decision making, etc.) and Live Sessions.
As part of the programme, the GETs and PGETs have been on-boarded onto a mobile micro-learning platform and quizzes have been activated for them to attempt. The integrated, smooth and seamless GRACE programme will continue till the current batch of GETs and PGETs join.
GRACE is aimed at familiarising the new batch of engineering resources with all things L&T – right from legacy to practices, processes to achievements and the way to the future.

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