Thames Tideway Tunnel has announced the recruitment of seven staff after they completed an initiative aimed at helping professionals back into work following a career break.
The infrastructure project launched its “returnship” scheme in April and the organisation believes it is the first outside of the financial sector to offer this kind of opportunity.
“We have been delighted with our first cohort of returners; each has been a huge asset to our team over the past 12 weeks, demonstrated by the fact they have all landed positions on the project,” said Tideway head of HR Julie Thornton.
“I hope this encourages other engineering and construction companies to follow suit, and to realise they could be missing out on a hugely valuable pool of talent.”
Working with Women Returners, who help professional women re-launch their careers, the project offered 12-week paid assignments for professionals who have been out of the workforce for two years or more.
Women Returners director Julianne Miles said: “This powerfully demonstrates the effectiveness of returnship programmes in enabling professional women who have taken a long break to relaunch their careers. I hope that it helps other companies to see how they can benefit from returnships.”