Fulcrum, the leading independent net-zero focused multi-utility infrastructure and services provider, is backing an initiative to encourage greater diversity in the utilities industry.
The company’s Head of Business Development, Sam Sheppard, is leading the promotion of the national Womens Utilities Network (WUN) campaign, which provides support and guidance for women in the industry.
Founded in 2018, WUN is building a community of women who can connect, support and develop one another to expand opportunities and career progression in the utilities industry.
According to the EU Skills strategy, published in 2019, only 17 percent of roles in the utility industry are occupied by women.
While Fulcrum currently exceeds this figure, with women making up 26 percent of its workforce, the business is committed to increasing this figure further and also helping to develop the careers of its existing team.
This includes taking part in WUN’s calendar of events, on subjects such as net-zero and the future of work in the utilities sector.
WUN also runs a series of workshops, including its #IamRemarkable programme, which strives to empower women and other underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond.
Fulcrum Business Development Manager – Housing, Sarah Matthews, who is one of six members of the eight-strong Housing Business Development team to have attended WUN events, took part in a #IamRemarkable session, which has also inspired her to sign up to the organisation’s free mentoring programme.
WUN offers mentoring to women at any stage of their career in the utilities sector. Its mentors have a range of skills and experience, which they are keen to share.
Speaking confidently and openly in the workplace is important at Fulcrum and I was inspired by the #IamRemarkable session, which was incredibly helpful. It is a reality that we’re in a male dominated industry, but organisations like WUN are helping to address the issue, as is Fulcrum, and this workshop really supports this ambition.
It also encouraged me to sign up to the mentorship programme to gain experience from others in our industry that I can apply to my own career.
Sarah Matthews, Business Development Manager
Fulcrum has always been a supportive business and aimed to challenge the status quo of our industry, and I believe working with WUN is an important part of this approach. The interest from within my own team has been excellent and I am encouraging other women in the business to take part too.
All of the events are really interesting, and open to men too, and a beneficial part of both professional and personal development.
Sam Sheppard, Head of Business Development
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