STEM Returners Australia and HUB24 have come together to bridge the tech industry’s skills gap. Through a ‘returnship’ program at their Brisbane and Hallam offices.
HUB24 Limited (ASX: HUB) leads the wealth industry as the best provider of integrated platform, technology, and data solutions and believes their people are integral to its ongoing success. With a team of over 700 (65% dedicated to product innovation, technology and customer service), the HUB24 Group is committed to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse team with a range of skillsets. While at the same time, building a customer-focused culture with a purpose of empowering better financial futures, together.
HUB24 will offer roles to returning professionals including SQL developers, Data Engineers, Test Analysts and Senior Test Analysts. STEM Returners Australia will source candidates for the program, which will provide them with a supportive environment to help them transition back to the tech industry. The program also offers coaching and mentoring opportunities to assist with the reintegration. With this partnership, the two organisations aim to make a lasting impact on the tech industry in Australia.
Marcail Roe, Director of STEM Returners Australia said “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with HUB24, an innovative and forward-thinking workplace. This partnership will provide a fantastic platform to bring our specialist program to assist professionals to transition back into the tech industry. Our goal is to bridge the skills gap in the tech sector and tap into a hidden, untapped workforce – people who have taken a career break and are overlooked due to the gap on their CV. Contrary to popular belief, many people on a career break keep their skills up to date, making them an ideal candidate to fill the skills gap. Furthermore, these people often have developed new transferable skills that could be of great benefit to employers”.
“We are very proud to be entering this new partnership with HUB24 to return highly skilled people back into the industry they love and make vital changes in STEM recruitment practices, to help those who are finding it challenging to return to the sector and meet the skills shortage.”
Paul Biggs, CIO HUB24 Group, said: “Through our partnership with STEM returners, we’re able to support talented and highly qualified people return to the workforce after a career break. Our people are integral to the sustainability and growth of our business which is why we’re committed to supporting career development, training and creating a culture where our people can thrive and succeed.”
STEM Returners, returns highly qualified and experienced STEM professionals after a career break by working with employers who share the common objective of increasing diversity in STEM and creating a sector where everyone feels valued, supported, and included.
The STEM Returners program facilitates paid short-term employment placements for professionals returning to work after a career break. All candidates going through the program will also have the opportunity to restart their career in a permanent position at the end of the program.
Annual research from STEM Returners UK (has revealed the challenges people who have had career break face, when trying to return – recruitment bias being the main barrier to entry. 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’ program 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.
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 Australia’s’ population of experienced professionals who are attempting to return to work are 64% female and 72% from ethnic minority groups, compared to 14% female and 9% from ethnic minority groups working in industry.
Since STEM Returners Australia launched in 2020, just over 40 candidates have joined programs across Australia. To view STEM Returners Australia programs, visit Opportunities (Australia) – STEM Returners