Diversity and Inclusion
We're committed to equality. This means we always try to support you to achieve and maintain a good balance between your work and your personal life. It also means that when it comes to developing and applying policies and processes for recruitment or training and development, we promote equality in how we do this too.
For example, it’s our policy that all employees are treated fairly in relation to job applications and opportunities for training, career development and promotion. So, if you’re unable to continue working in your current role due to disability during your employment, we’ll do everything we can to make reasonable adjustments, provide suitable training and identify alternative roles, if required.
We also intend to represent the diversity of our customers across the UK through fair and equitable recruitment processes. Through strategic partnerships with EU Skills and Equal Engineers and our own initiatives, we’ll further our commitment to equality across our gender, ethnicity and social mobility. And, by celebrating the success of our people we'll continue to build a diverse and growing pool of talent.
Our Diversity Programmes
We have membership and active participation in Energy and Utility Skills and the Skills Partnership Group. This group focuses on the engagement, attraction and awareness by the sector of key target audiences including: women, BAME, service leavers, parents, unemployed, and 'NEETS' (Not in Education, Employment or Training). We also support development across all business areas by implementing peer to peer networks. In addition, we’re members of the TSN (Talent Source Network) which aims to use proactive industry collaboration and digital platforms to attract key target audiences both today and for the future.
This is a subject we’re very passionate about and we’re actively working on initiatives to support gender diversity and the gender pay gap. Attracting women into the utility sector and engineering roles in particular is a historic challenge, and one we’re positively addressing. To support this, we run two courses aimed at empowering women called Springforward and Springboard.
This three day course is aimed at women, working at Cadent, who are ambitious but perhaps unsure of the opportunities available to them or the various career directions they could pursue. It provides guidance, advice and networking opportunities. Focusing on female behaviours and attitudes, it helps to build confidence and self-awareness. It also enables women to gain a clearer understanding of what they want from their career, gain the tools necessary to plan their next steps and provides advice around becoming more assertive, courageous and committed to owning their career development.
The Springboard Development Programme focusses on equipping women with the skills they need to secure themselves a promotion. Guest speakers inspire by sharing their knowledge and experiences while workshops provide an opportunity to develop presentation techniques, practice interview skills and gain greater levels of confidence and assertiveness. At the end of the course you’ll receive a certificate. But, perhaps more importantly, you’ll walk away with the knowledge you need to take your career further with Cadent.
The ‘EmployAbility - Let’s Work Together’ scheme changes young disabled peoples’ lives for the better. It’s a joint scheme, in partnership with local schools and it offers an employee-led supported internship for young people aged 17 to 22 with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Job Coaches from the schools work with us to support students, before gradually stepping back and letting them do the job by themselves. The aim is that the interns eventually gain a permanent role with us, or at least the skills and confidence necessary to boost their future job prospects.
The results speak for themselves, as since 2013, an average of 60% of interns have gained paid employment either with us or another local company. This far exceeds the national average of 6.8% And similar schemes, inspired by ours, are now running at Severn Trent in Coventry, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, John Lewis and Amey in Sheffield, and Yorkshire Water in Leeds.