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Rolls-Royce’s Bristol site to offer STEM Returners scheme

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28 March 2023

A new partnership between Rolls-Royce and STEM Returners is aiming to support engineers get back into work following a career break.

The firm’s Defence Division will offer the programme at it’s site near Bristol, where candidates will be involved in projects including Tempest, which is developing fighter jets, and Orpheus, which is working on efficient low burn engines. Roles available will include positions in Engineering and Project Management.

STEM Returners will find 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.

Sixty-six percent 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 nearly half (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.

“We are very proud to be entering this new partnership with Rolls-Royce, to return highly skilled people back into the industry they love. Only by partnering with industry leaders like Rolls-Royce, 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.”

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Alex Zino, Director Business Development & Future Programmes at Rolls-Royce, said: “Working in partnership with the STEM Returners programme we are looking to support people that want to return to industry.

“With training, coaching and line management support on hand we look to ensure individuals can settle back into work with confidence and contribute to the business outcomes. For Rolls-Royce it is a unique opportunity to identify and recruit experienced, capable and professional individuals who are highly valued and can make a real difference to our growing business.

“Once fully embedded back in business we have an exciting portfolio of international Future Programmes that provide a range of diverse opportunities, where people can expand and develop their skills.

“We are looking for people who want to rekindle their passion for STEM, be challenged, help create tomorrow, today, and provide the Power to Protect to the men and women who serve to keep us safe every day.”

Gareth Jones, Engineering & Technology Director at RR Defence, said: “I’m very excited about working with STEM Returners to help bring talented people into our engineering community, helping us solve technical challenges and deliver for our customers.

“We have a wide portfolio of products and capabilities that require a diverse range of skills and experiences, which also provide a wide variety of career development options.”

Read more - Oxfordshire aerospace manufacturer launches jobs programme for engineers who’ve had a career break

Sam is the Regional Editor of Biz News, responsible for both Hampshire and Dorset.

A new recruit to journalism, Sam started writing for the Business Magazine as a freelancer in May of 2022 after completing his degree in English at University College London. His passion for local businesses and ability to tell a story soon caught the attention of the publication’s management team and have led to his meteoric rise.

Sam, who lives in central Reading, takes a particular interest in technology, gaming and food and drink, having been a chef before starting his degree.

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