Transmax launches new jobs scheme to help break the so-called ‘career break curse’
A new partnership with STEM Returners Australia will see Transmax helping software engineers get back into work after a career break.
Transmax is a Queensland-based, government-owned transport solutions provider of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) platform STREAMS. It aims to optimise transport networks, helping to improve people’s quality of life and move millions of commuters around Australia’s roads every day.
The company is offering a STEM Returners program at their site in Brisbane, Queensland. Roles include software developers, software development engineer in test (SDET) and test analyst.
STEM Returners Australia is sourcing candidates for the program, 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.
Annual research from STEM Returners has revealed the challenges people face when trying to return after a career break – recruitment bias being the main barrier to entry.
Marcail Roe, Director of STEM Returners Australia, said:
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Transmax for a brand-new returners program, to return highly skilled professionals back into the industry they love.”
Only by partnering with industry leaders like Transmax, will we make vital changes in STEM recruitment practices, to help those who are finding it challenging to return to the sector and improve diversity and inclusion.”
Transmax CEO Nikki Allder said:
“We encourage diversity in our workplace, so Transmax is delighted to be partnering with STEM Returners on this important program to support people to get back into their STEM careers after a break.”
The STEM Returners’ program aims to eliminate barriers, by giving candidates real work experience and mentoring during their placement, as well as helping them to seamlessly adjust to life back in work.
Whilst the scheme helps solve the problem of sourcing talent in sectors that need it, it has the added benefit of increasing diversity in a host organisation. STEM Returners’ population of experienced professionals in Australia attempting to return to work are 64% female and 76% from black and minority ethnic groups, compared to 10% female and 6% BME working in the STEM industry.
Successful candidates may be offered full-time positions at Transmax upon completion of their 12-week placement. To view STEM Returners vacancies, visit Transmax – STEM Returners