Diversity is an important part of the WesTrac philosophy and culture. As such, we've put together Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committees in both states, whose purpose is to support and promote diversity (of thought, opinions and people) across WesTrac through the promotion and delivery of inclusive events and initiatives within the business and community.
Making diversity a priority
Why the need for diversity?
In the past, Caterpillar has attributed a $20 million loss to staff not being able to bring their whole selves to work, i.e. not feeling comfortable and included. This could be because of their gender, ability, sexuality, generation or culture.
A diverse workplace is more respectful, productive, profitable and, most importantly, safe - diversity also creates a workplace we can all be proud of. Safety, Pride and Respect are 3 of our core values.
We know that education reduces ignorance – the more we educate team members about social and cultural differences, the more we become accepting of differences and accountable when we’re not.
WesTrac has established two separate Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committees, with one based at each of the head offices in WA and NSW.
These committees support and promote four key categories associated with diversity:
These categories were identified as the most important by a company-wide survey and have been endorsed by our board.
international women's day
Celebrating the achievements of women
The biggest inclusive event that the D&I committee supports and promotes each year is IWD – a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
IWD events are held yearly at our head offices in WA and NSW. At these events, speakers (internal and external) tell celebratory stories and discuss relevant issues such as gender diversity and parity. Feedback stemming from these events is then utilised internally to help make WesTrac a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Our apprenticeship program is a dynamic learning experience where students work and learn in state-of-the-art facilities on world-leading Cat equipment. Through the WesTrac Institute (RTO 50737), we provide nationally accredited training.
This program has no age limit. We accept apprentices of all ages. Ricky Reynolds is a WesTrac Apprentice who started in 2018 when he was 39-years old.
WesTrac supports Olabud Doogethu - an organisation in the Shire of Halls Creek that runs various programs to lower crime, one of which involves training local men on Cat equipment to help them kick start a career in the civil construction industry.
How does WesTrac attract and retain diverse talent? By allowing our team members to access the support and guidance of an external mentor. By utilising the Inspiring Rare Birds corporate mentoring program, WesTrac impacted its diversity and inclusion strategy in a very meaningful and measurable way.
The gender pay gap in Australia is still prevalent. There remains a lot of work to be done to close it. Policy initiatives to bridge the gap include access to parental leave and flexible working arrangements, pay equity and greater female representation in leadership positions. Read more about the gender gap and what WesTrac is doing to close it.