Shortlisted for the WISE Employer Award 2015
12 November 2015
Amec Foster Wheeler
In just 18 months, Amec Foster Wheeler have embedded an approach to addressing gender balance within their Clean Energy business which is already showing positive results. Female apprentice numbers have increased fourfold within the last two years, while women hold 44 per cent of the most senior technical positions. A recent survey found that 65 per cent of staff believed the company had an environment where people with diverse backgrounds can succeed.
Commercial Director Terry Inns, who leads the Diversity and Inclusion programme, asked the question “Are we a true meritocracy?” and shared data on workforce profile to get senior buy in. They adopt an emotional case for change as well as the business case, getting people to think about opportunities for their own daughters / young female relatives. Perceived and real blockers are identified and explored, and progress measured via a detailed performance dashboard. Amec Foster Wheeler has taken an active role in setting up Women in Nuclear and would use the Award to share experiences with the wider nuclear industry.