Rolls-Royce has formed a new partnership with STEM Returners to help engineers get back to work after a career break.
As part of their continued drive to enhance inclusion, the organisation’s defence division will offer a STEM Returners programme at its site near Bristol where candidates will be involved in projects including Tempest, which is developing the next generation of fighter jets; and Orpheus, a project developing efficient low burn engines.
The skills-based roles for returners will include opportunities in engineering and project management.
STEM Returners, a leading organisation in the UK in returner programmes, will source candidates and provide them with additional support including advice, career coaching, and mentoring; ensuring applicants are ready and confident to return to work.
Annual research from STEM Returners (The STEM Returners Index) shows 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 say they are finding the process of attempting to return to work either difficult or very difficult and that 46% of participants said they felt bias because of a lack of recent experience.
Natalie Desty, director of STEM Returners said: “People wanting to return to work after a career break face an uphill battle, especially when they want to return to STEM industries.
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