Contributing to society springs pride
Uniwater is a group with shared values, and each subsidiary has its own culture and specialisation. The companies work together to create better solutions for both owners and users of water and wastewater infrastructure. The ability to attract, recruit, retain and develop competent employees is crucial for Uniwater to be an attractive employer where the staff both want to and can make a difference in society.
“We know that the water and wastewater industry is relatively unknown to many, both among students and professionals. Therefore, we work to make the industry visible and present the wide range of professional roles available, from salespeople, project managers and economists to welders, fitters and concrete workers. We see great benefits in workplaces becoming more equal and diverse,” says Ulrika Stevrell, HR Manager at Uniwater.
An vital industry in constant change
From an employer’s perspective, there are some important trends to consider. Climate change requires adaptation of municipal water and wastewater systems. Many municipalities also have a major need to upgrade old water and wastewater systems. Digitisation continues to transform the industry’s way of working, requiring continuous skill development but also increased safety awareness. The increased awareness of today’s employees, tomorrow’s workforce and customers also means that an integrated and active approach to sustainability is required internally.
“Our companies contribute in various ways to creating and maintaining a sustainable society. The work requires a range of different competencies – specialists, technicians, fitters, engineers, designers, project managers, and more – to ensure that the water and wastewater supply works efficiently,” says Ulrika.
“Uniwater as a group is continuously developing and growing. Furthermore, we operate in a changing industry where we strive to be knowledge leaders. We therefore need to be responsive, open to change and engage in a constant dialogue about what is going on. This is incredibly exciting and means we need to be able to attract new knowledge. It also creates opportunities for our existing employees to develop and be involved in shaping their own career paths within the group,” she says.
About 300 employees currently work at Uniwater, and the plan is to continue strong growth.
In order to reach out and inspire future employees, Uniwater invests in taking part in various contexts, such as collaborating with secondary schools and vocational colleges, as well as attending job fairs.