Diversity and inclusion

We are com​mitted to equality at work and to mainstreaming diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy is to create a culture where everyone can thrive.

​What does diversity and inclusion mean to us?

Diversity is the mix of people (like you) who make AWE unique. It includes experience, education, gender, ethnicity, disability, age and much more.

Inclusion is making the mix work and means that we ensure no-one feels left out and that we accept people for who they are, the insights that they bring and their unique view of the world. Ultimately, we want people to feel able to be themselves at work.

What are we doing about it?

Quite a lot! Our exciting and demanding programme requires that we work safely, but at pace. To do this, we need to work and think differently, increase collaboration and understand how to work in a way that everyone is involved and can achieve their personal best.

We believe that by bringing together a diverse range of people we’ll get the diversity of thought to approach challenges in new ways.  We strive to be inclusive in our approach and ensure we have a speak up environment where we not only value, but actively encourage these different ideas. We have a number of employee-led working groups who represent diversity at AWE. These groups encourage conversations and promote understanding to create a healthy working environment for all people. Ultimately, the aim is to make sure that all individuals feel proud to be part of a workplace that does not discriminate or belittle.

We have changed the way in which we attract candidates, how we interview and select and also how we create a culture that is inclusive for all. To achieve this commitment, we are striving to provide an environment where everybody can contribute, build a rewarding career and develop through our values of Pride, Excellence, Innovation and Trust.

​Our strategy shows the key areas we have identified to progress inclusion at AWE and this includes undertaking benchmarking with our strategic partners enei, WISE and Stonewall (explore these below) and putting best practise into place as well as ensuring our policies, systems and processes are up to date and inclusive of all.

Meet our Exec Sponsor, Tony Mather, CIO

I took up the Sponsor post in 2018 as D&I is important to me personally, a proven way in which businesses succeed today and inclusion is morally the right thing.

I’m proud to say that we have achieved external recognition of the quality of our D&I programme through achieving Silver for our sector in the enei benchmarking and being recognised as a Disability Confident Employer. We’ve also won an award for our Neurodiversity approach, been finalists in the Engineering Talent Awards 2020 and continue to improve our WISE Ten Steps benchmarking scores.

Our employee-led working groups have been integral to the progression that we have made so far and I welcome their challenges and suggestions on how we can continue to improve.

We have much more to do and that involves everyone taking part, however I’m encouraged that D&I topics are now becoming a part of our every day discussions and considerations.

The 5% Club

The 5% Club is committed that 5% of our UK population is made up of young people on formal Early Career Development Programmes.


The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) the leading employer network promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Their role is to influence government, business and trade unions, campaigning for real practical change.


WISE 10 Step Plan is committed to improving the pipeline of women in to STEM.


Stonewall is the leading charity for LGBT+ rights.

In recognition of our improved Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) activity through benchmarking with the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei), We are proud to have reached the Gold Award Standard in 2023.

In May 2020 we signed the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter, showing our commitment to tackling barriers that ethnic minorities face in the workplace and ensuring their representation at all levels of their organisation.


Our values and ethics

We are committed to acting with integrity in everything we do.

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