A new jobs scheme to help engineers and people working in STEM in Aberdeen get back to work after a career break has been launched by Harbour Energy.
The independent oil and gas company has teamed up with award-winning STEM Returners to run the scheme at their site in Aberdeen and roles will include Technical Assistants.
Mavis Anagboso, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Harbour Energy, said:
“Harbour Energy is committed to attracting talent from diverse groups, including those often overlooked through traditional recruitment. We are delighted to partner with STEM Returners on this recruitment campaign, targeting people who have had extended career breaks. This is one of several initiatives we are looking into as part of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy.”
Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners, said:
“We are delighted to be partnering with Harbour Energy to return highly skilled people back into the industry they love.
“Industry leaders need to do more to improve diversity and inclusion across the industry, just like Harbour Energy are doing. Only by working together to create a supportive and inclusive environment where returners can really thrive, will we deal with the well-known skills shortage in the UK engineering industry.”
The fully paid placements aim to return or transfer experienced engineers back into industry following a career break, allowing candidates to be reintegrated into an inclusive environment.
The scheme has launched at the same time as STEM Returners release the results of their annual survey, which asked more than 1,000 STEM professionals on a career break a range of questions to understand their experiences of trying to re-enter the STEM sector.
Published on International Women in Engineering Day (23 June), the STEM Returners Index 2022 showed bias in the recruitment process prevents engineers who have had a career break return to employment.
It also revealed that the pool of STEM professionals attempting to return to industry is significantly more diverse than the average STEM organisation.
Those 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.
STEM Returners has helped more than 260 engineers across the UK since it began in 2017.
To view STEM Returners opportunities with Harbour Energy view Returner Placements – STEM Returners