Workplace diversity and inclusion is not only a strategic focus for Lower Murray Water (LMW) but is something the organisation is passionate about. LMW is focusing on true cultural change that will promote an environment that is inclusive, where all our employees feel comfortable being themselves at work.
Encouraging women into trades and traditionally male-oriented roles brings a new viewpoint to the workplace and can change work cultures for the better. LMW hired Caitlyn Petty as a First Year Electrical Apprentice in March 2020 thanks to her outstanding application and interview. “I’ve always wanted to work in the electrical field, in some type of trade. Working at LMW has been fun and a great way to learn from more experienced electricians and engineers. I have been able to use what I have learnt in many different functions of the business and I am always busy and on the go. My team have been a huge support, and I feel able to voice my views and ask lots of questions. Women should definitely give trades a go – put yourself out there and try your best”.
LMW identified that an indigenous traineeship within their People & Culture Team would further enhance the business by providing different views, experiences and insights that would filter through to the rest of the organisation.
Stephanie Sloane was employed as the People & Safety Trainee in May 2020. Stephanie is a proud Ngiyampaa Woman and has a strong connection to her culture, history and the land. She has brought not only her experience and passion for people to this role but also a commitment to inspire and mentor others wishing to pursue a career at LMW. “Working for LMW has been a really rewarding experience. I have commenced my Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and I am learning so much about human resources and health and safety in the workplace with my team. They have been really supportive and helpful, especially during the pandemic and me having to work from home, which has helped me to learn and grow”.