A new returners programme has been launched to help the thousands of STEM candidates who want to return to engineering after a career break, but fear their skills are out of date.
The programme, developed by Women’s Engineering Society (WES), in partnership with The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), will help people return to their former careers, as well as re-train STEM candidates from other industries.
According to the WES and IMarEST, two of the biggest challenges facing STEM is the widening skills gap, and the lack of positive progress in diversity. This new industry-wide programme will look to attract diverse candidates from all areas of technical STEM, as well as business roles such as project management, procurement and leadership.
Consisting of a structured paid 13-week employment placement, candidates will be able to gain experience from a work placement, with additional support such as training, career mentoring, confidence training, network opportunities and peer support. At the end of the placement, and with the agreement of both the employer and the returner, there will also be the option for ongoing employment.
The programme is designed to encourage and enable diverse candidates to apply – often those lost to traditional recruitment methods. According to WES and IMarEST many would-be returners lose confidence and find their CV has a long gap and their technical skills are lacking, meaning that a huge amount of talent and investment in people is wasted.
Candidates and employers who would like to find out more about the programme should visit www.stemreturners.com