WesCEF - Development, diversity and inclusion
WesCEF team members and their ability to continue to develop creative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers, now, and into the future, are central to delivering business growth and success.
Continuing to focus on building gender balance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation and an inclusive culture, helps to attract and retain the best talent. It also enables individuals and teams to achieve their potential.
WesCEF has made positive progress during the year in gender balance and Indigenous team member representation with an increase in representation of women across the workforce from 35.2 to 36.0 per cent, an increase in women in senior manager roles from 17.1 to 22.7 per cent and an increase in team members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander from 3.2 per cent to 3.4 per cent.
WesCEF has maintained focus on improving gender balance through recruitment and pipeline development opportunities for vacation students, cadets, graduates, apprentices and trainees in professions that tend to have lower female representation, including engineering and digital and data. In the 2022 financial year, 57 per cent of vacation students were female and 43 per cent of digital and data cadets and graduates were female. The organisation provided employment for 19 new Indigenous team members over the financial year.
In line with WesCEF’s strategy to foster a culture that recognises our diverse people as central to success, WesCEF continued inclusive workplace behaviours training for team members, developed an online cultural awareness package for new team members (in addition to existing cultural awareness training) and held two Indigenous team member network events to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members to get to know each other and build relationships.
WesCEF will continue to review and refine its diversity and inclusion strategy, embed existing practices and identify opportunities to enhance progress in diversity and inclusion.