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Thames Water wins military recruitment gold award

Tuesday 20th July 2021 12:37

Two soldiers next to a Thames Water van

Thames Water has received the highest honour for its commitment to recruiting and supporting ex-servicemen, women and reservists. 

Britain’s biggest water company is now an Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award holder for its military recruitment strategy, which includes attending careers fairs, and holding CV writing workshops and mock interviews.  

Military personnel often have skills relevant to the water industry, from engineering and incident management to leadership and logistics. More than 100 roles have been offered to military personnel by Thames Water in the past five years, taking the total number employed to more than 300 from a 7,000-strong workforce.  

Lynne Graham, Thames Water’s director of HR, said: "We're proud and honoured to have been named Gold Award winners. 

"Building a diverse workforce is key to our success, and former military personnel often have the skills we're looking for, from logistics and leadership to engineering and incident management. 

"Not only do we get high calibre recruits who can help us shape the future of the water industry, they get the chance to work for a business that will respect and support them every step of the way in their new career." 

Thames Water, whose key workers provide essential services around the clock to 15 million customers across London, the Thames Valley and surrounding areas, was one of 140 organisations to receive gold, taking the total number to 493. 

Others include NHS trusts, educational institutions, financial services, hotels, charities, law firms, police services, football clubs and museums. Nearly 50 per cent are a small or medium-sized enterprise and 72 per cent are private companies, demonstrating the wide range of organisations offering support to the military community regardless of size, sector or location. 

Defence minister Leo Docherty said: “I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the defence community during such unprecedented and challenging times. 

“The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the armed forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size, sector or location.” 

To win gold, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, reserves, and Cadet Force adult volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the armed forces.  

Its commitment to building a diverse workforce means Thames Water has also signed the Race at Work Charter, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and was the first water company to be awarded Disability Confident Leader status.

It also partners with both Women in Science and Engineering and the Women's Utilities Network to help attract and retain female talent.