Who are Dwr Cymru Welsh Water?
Welsh Water is the only not-for-profit utility company in Wales and England – meaning it has no shareholders, and its sole focus is on providing the best-possible service to its customers. It is the sixth-largest of the 10 regulated water and sewerage companies in Wales and England, and the fifth-largest company based in Wales. It is responsible for providing more than three million people with a continuous, high-quality supply of drinking water and for taking away, treating and properly disposing of their wastewater, at the lowest-possible cost.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are Dwr Cymru Welsh Water involved in?
- Over 164,000 children visited our education centres to date as part of our outreach programmes with local schools
- Quarterly ‘Girls into STEM’ events hosted at our education centres for local schools
- Became a supporter of Chwarae Teg, a Welsh charity supporting the development of opportunities for women at work and development of female colleagues who can work towards an ILM Level 2 qualification as part of the ‘Agile Nation’ programme
- We encourage our female colleagues to become Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water STEM ambassadors and attend career events at schools, colleges and universities to promote STEM careers
- We sponsor an Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) sixth-form school project annually to actively encourage sixth-form schoolchildren to study STEM subjects in further or higher education.
- We actively promote International Women’s Day and National Women in Engineering Day
Why did Dwr Cymru Welsh Water join WISE?
“It’s quite simple really. Our people are our biggest assets and if we are to realise our vision to earn the trust of customers and become a truly world class water company, we need to ensure that we have a modern, diverse workforce which reflects the communities we serve. Traditionally, the water sector is male-dominated but we are determined to use Wise’s expertise and guidance to help develop female colleagues within the areas of science, technology and engineering in our company but also play our part in enabling the female colleagues of tomorrow to pursue their interests in these areas while learning at schools and universities.”
– Linda Williams, Director of HR