Prospect is a politically independent, evidence-based specialist trade union. It represents more than 50,000 members working in STEM and is the largest union representing scientists and engineers in the UK. Prospect has long-campaigned for more flexibility and diversity in STEM careers and is proud to support the STEM Returners programme. Returners are an important, but under-utilised, resource. With more than half of employers reporting difficulties in recruiting experienced technical staff, it makes sound business sense to target those who are already qualified and skilled. Our aim is to change employers’ perceptions and practices so that returners are seen as a regular component of the talent pipeline alongside, for example, graduates and apprentices. We also negotiate on behalf of individual members to make returning a positive experience.
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