Indicatura has launched a new scheme with STEM Returners specifically available to STEM professionals who have been on a career break and are looking to return to the industry.
Indicatura is a vibrant and fast growing consultancy that enables business leaders to make the best CapEx decisions for planned investments in new and existing physical assets. They work across industries from manufacturing and chemical to defence and nuclear sectors, working with industry leaders to enable the success of some of the nation’s most critical projects. STEM Returners will work with them to source the candidates for the scheme and support with mentoring and careers coaching services.
The scheme will be open to people at all levels from graduate to senior consultant, with an engineering background, who have an interest in understanding how physical assets are configured, maintained and used.
Quote from Ian Kennedy, Managing Director at Indicatura,
“We are excited to be starting what we foresee as a long and successful partnership with STEM Returners. At Indicatura we are proud of the culture that we have built that thrives on diversity and inclusion and this partnership opens up another valuable opportunity to continue to support diversity within our organisation as well as the chance to onboard talented new joiners to our team. We are excited to be working with STEM Returners to help in the effort to eliminate the difficult barriers that candidates face returning to work after a career break and are proud to say that we wholeheartedly value the experience and skills that returners have which is so often overlooked. We believe this program aligns with our culture and ways of working which are designed to suit the diverse needs of our team members – by providing working flexibility we get the best out of our employees. As we start this partnership we encourage candidates who think they would be a good with fit with our professional and dynamic team to get in touch.”
STEM Returners was launched in 2017 by Natalie Desty after she saw how hard it was for people to return to STEM after a career break. They work with companies to facilitate returnships, which allow candidates to be re-integrated into an inclusive environment upon their return to the industry.
Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners said:
“We are delighted to be launching this new returner scheme with Indicatura to support highly skilled people back into the industry they love. There is a known shortage of skills across STEM industries, and we know that people who have had a career break are faced with an uphill task of getting back into the profession. “Only by partnering with industry leaders, like Indicatura, will we make vital changes in STEM recruitment practices, helping those who find it challenging to return to the sector and improve diversity and inclusion.”
In STEM Returners’ annual survey – The STEM Returners Index – 66% of STEM professionals on a career break said they are finding the process of attempting to return to work either difficult or very difficult and that nearly half (46%) of participants said they felt bias because of a lack of recent experience.
STEM Returners’ programme aims to eliminate these barriers by giving candidates real work experience and mentoring during their placement, as well as supporting them to seamlessly adjust to life back in work.
Whilst the scheme helps solve the challenge of sourcing talent in sectors that need it, it also has the added benefit of increasing diversity in a host organisation. STEM Returners’ population of experienced professionals who are attempting to return to work are 46% female and 44% from ethnic minority groups, compared to 14% female and 9% from ethnic minority groups working in industry.
Since STEM Returners first launched in 2017, more than 310 STEM Returners candidates have joined programmes across the UK. To view STEM Returners opportunities, visit https://www.stemreturners.com/placements/