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We believe that motivated employees deliver a better service to our customers, and we strive to make e2v a rewarding and enjoyable place to work. During the last year we ran quarterly pulse surveys with employees to monitor their levels of engagement, supported by face to face sessions with members of our Executive Committee.  Over the 12 month period we have seen increases in a number of important areas, including being able to promptly respond to customers’ requests, and the Group doing a good job of keeping an individual informed about matters affecting them.  As part of ensuring that we create and maintain an environment in which employees feel recognised for the contribution that they make, we made 305 Star Awards (2015: 219), to recognise people who live our Group values and ‘go above and beyond’.

To recruit and retain the best employees, we have a number of talent schemes in place, including our Apprenticeship and Fast Track schemes. For the second year running our Apprenticeship scheme was recognised in the National Apprenticeship Service Awards, achieving Highly Commended in the large employer award.  We also maintained our position in their Top 100 List of Apprentice Employers in the UK.  During the year, 39 employees were offered roles on our Apprenticeship and internship schemes globally, and we are targeting similar levels for 2017.

Seven individuals joined the Company on the Graduate scheme and our middle to senior level Fast Track talent scheme has also proved to be extremely successful, and 12 employees are now taking part in this year’s programme.

We’ve rolled out a comprehensive suite of training courses that have been designed specifically around the needs of our divisions and their people and our growth strategy.  In addition, our global Leadership Excellence programme has been rolled out, with 65 managers trained, ensuring we align our leadership style and skills for the delivery of our growth ambitions.

We continue to support the education and development of young people in relation to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with 53 STEM ambassadors having attended local schools events and career fayres.

Diversity and Inclusion

We aim to provide equality of opportunity in recruitment, training, promotion and career development for all people, irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender or age.  We give full consideration to applications for employment from an individual with a disability, where a person with a disability can adequately fulfil the requirements of the role and workplace adjustments can be made.

If an existing employee becomes disabled, it is our policy, wherever practicable, to provide workplace adjustments to ensure continuing employment under normal terms and conditions, and to provide training, career development and promotion opportunities, wherever appropriate.

We are committed to striving for balance in our workforce at all levels.

Male Female Total
Headcount by gender 1,224 529 1,750
Senior managers by gender 52 16 68
Board directors by gender 5 2 7

Health and Safety

The safety and well-being of our people in all aspects of our operations is critical to the success of our business and to the wider communities in which we operate. We continue to start all formal meetings with a ‘Safety Share’ to ensure Health and Safety is kept at the forefront of everyone’s agenda.

We are now in the 2nd year of our cultural HSE programme called Safety, Health, and Environment Leadership Team (SHELT). Since the launch of SHELT our Incident reporting statistics have shown positives improvements, with proactive incidents (hazard spots) increasing from 162 in 2015 to 577 in 2016, whilst first aid incidents fell from 174 in 2015 to 72 in 2016, a 65% reduction. In addition, lost time accidents have fallen from three in FY15 to one in FY16.

SHELT Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each division are in place with the targeted compliance score of 85% for 2016 on target, to maintain a drive for HSE continuous improvement this score will be increased to 90% for 2017.

We have in place a comprehensive Health and Safety management system, which has been accredited with the OHSAS 18001 standards at the following manufacturing sites: Chelmsford, Lincoln, and Grenoble.

For our Group OHSE Policy Statement please click here