Who are IMI plc?
IMI plc is a specialised engineering company that designs, manufactures and services highly engineered products that control the precise movement of fluids. We help some of the world’s biggest industrial companies operate their processes safely, cleanly, efficiently and cost effectively. We employ around 11,000 people in over 50 countries around the world. Our long and successful history in the UK (established over 150 years ago) and our truly global and international workforce mean that that we are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining diverse talent to deliver on our purpose: To deliver great solutions that tackle the world’s most demanding engineering challenges.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are IMI plc involved in?
IMI is committed to becoming an employer of choice for engineering. Having a diverse and representative workforce is essential to enable us to deliver our business goals. Our talent review process helps to identify and track key female talent and to ensure appropriate development plans are in place to encourage, promote and retain this talent. A key focus for us is accelerating the number of internal promotions and focussing our efforts on developing and promoting diverse talent from within the organisation.
In our continuous improvement culture we look to improve our HR and people practices like induction, on-boarding, maternity leave benefits, so that we can be gender and family friendly and inclusive. Our flexible working practices include part-time working/job shares and other combinations.
In our businesses we have STEM ambassadors who work with local schools and colleges to promote STEM subjects. We also work with key Universities globally to recruit a balanced group of graduates; our current percentage of female graduates is around 25%.
Our leadership programmes include a tailored diversity and inclusion module, and on our e-learning platform we have all employee diversity and inclusion training available in multiple languages.
Why did IMI plc join WISE?
“We will only be able to ‘deliver GREAT solutions for our customers, tackling the world’s most demanding challenges’ if we have access to the widest possible pool of talent and the organisation allows everyone to fulfil their potential. Being part of WISE demonstrates our commitment to encouraging gender diversity in STEM. We want women to join our organisation and be inspired to pursue careers in Engineering.”
– Sue Hall, Head of Capability Development