Meet the Finalists: People Initiative of the Year
The 9th Water Industry Achievement Awards, organised by WWT and WET News, celebrate and reward outstanding innovation in the UK water industry. The awards are presented in 13 categories and will be given out at a gala dinner on Tuesday April 21st, 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham.
Each week before the awards, we are placing a different category shortlist in the spotlight. This week, we look at People Initiative of the Year.
The shortlisted finalists in the People Initiative of the Year category are:
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for its Talent Search Programme, aimed at attracting and retaining high calibre individuals through its apprenticeship, operational trainee and graduate programmes. Formed in 2011 after the in-sourcing of operational partners, the programme concentrates on confidence building as well as skills acquisition, and boasts a 96% retention rate.
Imtech Water, Waste and Energy for its Be-WELL employee wellbeing initiative. In response to occupational health screening which showed a high number of employees were overweight, Imtech launched a Pedometer Challenge in which employees could enter as individuals or as teams, promoting employee health in an enjoyable way which fostered teamwork.
Kier Services for its functional English programme, which extended staff and operative training to include literacy and wider communication development. Through a partnership with South Devon College, the firm designed a literacy programme which addressed a key issue around employees filling in paperwork, while helping its workforce with an essential life skill.
Northumbrian Water for its ‘Our Way… Your Direction’ initiative, which put in place regular development discussions, greater secondment opportunities, e-learning and other resources in order to align employee personal development with business goals and heighten employee engagement.
Supply UK Water Services for its development of Calm Network Training, which has reduced network surge effects caused by human error by training operatives to use valves and hydrants more effectively. Accreditation of the scheme by the Institute of Water, and a central register of trained operators, will ensure the training can reap benefits for water utilities across the UK.
Yorkshire Water for its ‘i3’ initiative, which aimed to help its workforce to ‘energise, revitalise and specialise’. The company put in place a combination of web-based recruitment with a new induction, a modular training package and an evidence folder linking learning to salary increases. The approach saw increased engagement scores when it was implemented in Yorkshire Water’s Energy & Recycling team, and it was recently rolled out to the company’s wastewater operations division too.
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