Engineers and people working in STEM across the South have the opportunity to break through the so-called ‘career break curse’ after a new job scheme has launched by one of the area’s biggest firms.
BAE Systems has joined forces with STEM Returners for the fourth time to begin a 12-week paid placement to help people return to work after a career break.
The programme will run in BAE Systems Submarines at their sites in Portsmouth, Frimley, Weymouth and Bristol and include roles such as Systems Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Systems Architects and Electrical Design Engineering.
BAE Systems was the first company in the UK to run a STEM Returners programme in 2017 and has since helped return more than 80 engineers back to the STEM industry.
Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners said:
“We are very delighted to be continuing our partnership with BAE Systems to return highly skilled people back into the industry they love.
“We need to do more to challenge unconscious bias, which prevents so many highly skilled and talented people from returning to work.
“BAE Systems has worked with us from the beginning and share our desire to change outdated recruitment practices. 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.”
Lucy Webb, HR & Capability Manager, BAE Systems Submarines said:
“Working with STEM Returners to increase opportunities for those looking to return to work allows us to make the most of vital skills and experience that returners can offer.
“STEM Returners plays an important role in increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of our business and our ongoing relationships is a valuable part of our overall recruitment strategy.”
The scheme has launched at the same time as STEM Returners, which is based near Southampton, 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 BAE Systems Submarines, visit BAE Systems Submarines – STEM Returners