In January this year BAE Systems embarked on an innovative pilot programme to provide opportunities for engineers taking a career break to return to work.
Recognising the value that experienced engineers had to offer and the barriers that they faced to return to their vocation, BAE Systems was delighted to run a pilot programme to welcome back much needed skills to the industry. The programme was a great success with the majority of programme participants now joining the business on a permanent basis in varying roles across its sites across the UK.
STEM Returners is delighted to be partnering with BAE Systems yet again to offer a new group of returners a route back into engineering and a rewarding career in Software Engineering in New Malden.
BAE Systems designs and manufactures naval ships and submarines, as well as their state-of-the-art combat systems and equipment. It also offers an array of associated services, including training solutions, maintenance and modernisation programmes to support ships and equipment in service around the world and the management of supporting infrastructure.
Stuart Justice, BAE Systems Naval Ships, Head of Engineering Function, said:
“We know that many people looking to return to work can face an insurmountable barrier after a career break, be that because of a perception by hirers of a deterioration of skills, or a lack of flexibility. This ground-breaking programme shows career break returners that we value the skills that they have gained whilst out of industry by enabling a return to their career in a flexible and inclusive way.”
The programme is open to men and women in New Malden and surrounding areas who have taken any length career break, as well as those who wish to transfer sectors but lack the relevant work experience. BAE Systems is looking for returners with experience in Software Engineering.
Candidates signing up to the ‘STEM Returners’ programme will join a paid 12-week structured return to work programme, which will include soft skills training, technical training and on the job experience, as well as coaching and mentoring support.
At the end of the 12 weeks, job offers will be made by BAE Systems Maritime to those who have shown the necessary skills and aptitude to join the engineering specialists. This isn’t just work experience, but a genuine opportunity to restart careers within an exciting global organisation.
Candidates wishing to apply for the second programme can do so through: https://www.stemreturners.com/company/bae-systems/
Natalie Desty, Founder of STEM Returners said “We are so excited to be running this programme again with BAE Systems in New Malden. They have shown that they really value the skills and experience that returners have to offer which was demonstrated in them offering permanent roles to all their returners. They create a supportive and inclusive environment where returners can really thrive”