Today, in partnership with over 30 other energy and utility companies in the UK, Thames Water launch the sector Inclusion Commitment to build a diverse, representative and inclusive workforce, tackling under representation of BAME, disabled, female and young talent.
As Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy and Utility Skills said “This new commitment is a framework. It starts the collective action to help the utility sector better mirror the communities it serves and secure the unquestionable benefits that result from having vibrant, truly inclusive and diverse teams”
Our Chief Executive Steve Robertson added that “Supporting diversity and inclusion is not just something that’s clearly the right thing to do but is vital to ensure that the best available talent contributes to our business and that we reflect the communities that we serve.”
In our 2020-2025 business plan we set out a programme of work to build a collaborative and capable team, dedicated to serving our customers. We’ve already started to put initiatives in place to recruit talented people from all backgrounds. For example our Give Someone a Start Scheme provides work experience for those not in education, employment and training and those with mental and physical disabilities. Additionally our mentoring schemes are encouraging BAME and female talent to consider our sector. We are also inspiring young people through our education and school programmes. Internally, our inclusion networks are supported by employee champions inspiring diverse talent not just to join our family, but to develop and progress their careers with us.