Inclusion and diversity
Our commitment to inclusion and diversity
Wessex Water has a history of doing things differently - it has helped us to become one of the leading water and sewerage companies in the UK.
Whether it is looking differently at the way we support customers on low incomes to implementing innovative solutions to tackle pollution, we are passionate about embracing new ways of doing things. This approach would not be possible without the diversity of the people who work with us and their talent, experience and skills.
We go out of our way to see things from new viewpoints and we continue to encourage innovation and diversity through gender, diversity of thought, ethnicity, race, age, disability, sexual orientation and social background.
We are committed to a culture where everyone belongs and thrives. We celebrate diversity - it's good for our people, our customers and our business.
Some of the great things we do:
The Working Family Group
The Working Families Group are a self-elected committee of colleagues who volunteer their time to provide a support network for parents and parents-to-be. The group also aims to provide and promote wider business benefits associated with improved recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, by focusing on the wider interests of these employees.
The group meet monthly and engage with the People Team, People's Councils and the CID working group on ideas and future activities. They review topics of interest with employees across the business at least every year to ensure they are vocalising the topics that need the most attention.
Disability Confident Employer
"I applied to Wessex Water and was completely open about the fact I was a wheelchair user. Apparently, I was one of 40 applicants and shortlisted for an interview and we clicked straight away.
"My manager has been amazing, anything I needed was provided for me. My disability doesn't matter, and I just get on with my job like everyone else in the team. My advice for people would be open and honest and tell prospective employers about your disability. If you're not sure about anything, ask questions."
- Ryan Ashman, Junior CAD Technician