An Electronics Distribution company based in Corby has formed a new partnership with STEM Returners and launched a new jobs scheme for people looking to get back into work after a career break.
RS Components provides products and solutions to their clients responsible for designing, building, or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities.
The new STEM Returners Programme will run over a 12-week period, as part of the company’s drive toward diversity and inclusion. The roles will include positions from Associate through to Senior Software Engineers, as well as Engineering Manager & Technical Leads roles. Successful candidates will be working in an agile DevOps continuous delivery environment where quality for the customer is at the very heart of the systems we build. The Digital Engineering teams are responsible for building, running and owning RS Components ecommerce website and development of RS’ Global Scalable CX, API and Cloud platforms.
Many of the programmes run by STEM Returners are based onsite and include an element of home working to ensure flexibility. However, this is the first fully virtual online programme, which increases the opportunity to candidates across Europe.
STEM Returners, based in Hampshire, will source the candidates for the programme, which aims to return or transfer experienced engineers back into industry following a career break. The fully paid placements act as a ‘returnship’, allowing candidates to be re-integrated into an inclusive environment upon their return to STEM.
Whilst the scheme solves the problem of sourcing talent in sectors that desperately need it, it also has the added benefit of increasing diversity in a host organisation.
Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners said: “We are really proud to be working with RS Components and pleased that this is the first fully online programme. Many companies have adapted well to home working over the past 18 months due to the pandemic. While there are lots of engineering firms who need people to carry out their roles onsite, there are STEM roles that can be done remotely.
“Embracing this way of working will help remove the barriers that prevent people from getting back into a job after a career break and encourage more people who want or need to work from home, to apply for our schemes.”
Tim Morgan, VP of Digital Engineering: “We are always looking for dynamic and engaged people to join our team and we are proud to be launching the STEM Returners programme to support us in finding exceptional talent to help us deliver first class engineering in our high quality global platform.”
There is a well-known skills shortage in the UK cloud and software engineering industry, but despite a clear need for people, there is a group of talented and educated professionals who are willing and able to take on these roles who are being over looked.
In STEM Returners’ annual survey – The STEM Returners Index – 61% of STEM professionals on a career break say they are finding the process of attempting to return to work either difficult or very difficult, and 36% of returners have felt bias in the recruitment process has been a barrier to them personally returning to their career.
STEM Returners’ programme aims to eliminate these barriers, by giving candidates real work experience and mentoring during their placement and helping them to seamlessly adjust to life back in work.
Successful candidates should feel comfortable discussing their needs regarding full/part-time roles in an agile environment at RS Components upon the completion of their 12-week placement. Since it launched in 2017, more than 200 candidates have taken part in STEM Returners’ programmes across the UK and 96% have been offered full-time roles once they had finished their programme.