Chippenham’s Wavin leads the way with new employee benefits

By Anita Jaynes on 30 March, 2023

Chippenham-based plumbing and drainage manufacturer, Wavin, has introduced a range of industry-leading employee benefits for its colleagues.    

They include initiatives specifically designed to improve the employee experience for young families, such as six months fully paid parental leave and covering 50% of childcare costs until school age.  

Mike Ward, Wavin UK and Ireland Territory Director, said, “Our people are our greatest asset. They’re the ones behind the innovative solutions we develop for our customers and, if there’s anything holding them back from making the most of their careers, we want to help.  

“A big part of this is about supporting young families, and in particular women who we know as a group are disproportionately impacted by the rising costs of childcare. Our industry has worked hard to combat perceptions around being male-orientated, so we want to do everything we can to continue supporting underrepresented groups.” 

Further initiatives include female-specific coaching and mentoring programmes, as well as a menopause support group that meets regularly to share experiences and its conversations will also help shape future company policies around women’s health.  

Wavin has also committed to supporting the next generation of talent. Launched in 2017, the graduate and internship programmes have helped more than 25 people, with 50% going on to become permanent colleagues. 

Heather Graham, Marketing Intern at Wavin, said: “The scheme has helped me to recognise how much there is to learn about marketing and I’m grateful for all of the advice, support and opportunities I’ve received so far. I feel like I’ve been given the chance to fully make the role my own, and it’s clear that there is there is plenty of scope for me to progress my career at Wavin.” 

Supporting both current and future employees, these new policies are key to increasing accessibility and attracting and retaining talent. The benefits help Wavin meet its commitment to creating a great place to work for everybody.