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At Programmed, our value of diversity, inclusion and equality is about taking practical steps to embed sustainable change.

We are committed to diversity, with a focus on generational and cultural change to increase the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, provide opportunities to people with disabilities, and improve gender balance.

Programmed understands that a balanced workforce includes a diversity of thought, style and innovation, and allows the crew to meet the needs of their customers.

As a key partner for City West Water, Programmed and City West Water designed a cadet program aimed at attracting female school leavers without industry experience to provide further diversity in the workforce.

Through this successful initiative with City West Water, the program was able to attract, engage and retain employees with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

At the end of 2016, Programmed employed 53 people on the City West Water contract, of which nine per cent were female.

Through the targeted initiatives and the success of the cadet program, as seen in the August edition of Utility with program participants Christine and Christopher, Programmed currently has a 19 per cent female workforce on the City West Water contract, with seven per cent of those in field-based roles.

These diverse workforces are representative of the communities they serve, which provides younger generations with a view of what the future could look like for them, and that their individuality is an asset to any employer.

Business decisions around ideas and opinions are now more balanced and provide meaningful insights that positively affect the day-to-day business.

Together, Programmed and City West Water are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and achieving gender balance.

To support this focus on increasing the representation of women in trades, Programmed has established a partnership with Trades Women Australia and Work180 to encourage, recruit and retain women in skilled trade roles that are generally male-dominated.

Through these initiatives, Programmed continues to support and strengthen our position as an employer of choice for women in operations and trades.

We have learned the importance of showing women that applying for a trade role, or leadership position, is not just accepted, but actively encouraged at Programmed through our partnerships and contracts.

This partner content is brought to you by Programmed Facility Management. For more information, contact Programmed via [email protected] or visit programmed.com.au.

Please note: all imagery depicted was photographed before 2020.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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