The Water Council’s talent initiative is designed to connect emerging talent to the water industry by raising awareness of and interest in the wide array of career opportunities within the professional water sector.
As a driver of business development, The Water Council (TWC) is keenly aware of its members’ and partners’ challenges attracting and retaining top talent. TWC launched its Talent efforts to introduce university-level students to career opportunities within the professional water sector and raise awareness of the wide variety of exciting and meaningful career paths available within the industry. Through outreach to local institutions of higher education such as University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, several student chapters of TWC have been established.
Student chapter members are offered tours of the Global Water Center, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Badger Meter and other member companies. They are welcome to attend member meetings and networking events and have access to TWC advice, resources and marketing assets. The more involved and active the chapter is, the greater access they have and the more plugged in they will be with internship and employment opportunities. TWC places an emphasis on increasing diversity of talent within the industry and is actively seeking ways to connect more women and people of color with internships and mentoring.
In 2018, TWC matched five African American engineering students with internships within the water industry and will be working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to continue that initiative. TWC is the official industry partner for the National Science Foundation’s Sys-STEM program and part of the Milwaukee7 Talent Campaign. TWC encourages its members to create internships and talent development programs and to sponsor a student chapter.
“Through quarterly meetings with The Water Council and other significant water-focused organizations in the state, I made a lot of great contacts. The Water Council arranged multiple networking opportunities, providing me with the opportunity to make important connections that led me to where I am today.”
–Melissa Marra, Environmental Technician, OBG
VP Economic Development