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Fareham's STEM Returners launch "Return Flight" programme with Boeing

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Return Flight personnel. Credit: STEM Returners.
3 August 2023
Return Flight personnel. Credit: STEM Returners.

Fareham-based STEM Returners, a recruitment programme aimed at helping highly qualified and experienced STEM professionals in re-entering STEM workplaces, has partnered with Boeing to launch a "Return Flight" programme in the UK.

The ''Return Flight'' programme will specifically target employment fields such as engineering, operations and quality, and will aim to help people with expertise in these areas to reintegrate into the workforce.

 This programme will focus on learning, development and workplace transition to equip returners with the skills and knowledge needed to perform in the roles they return to.

Israil Bryan, Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion director for Boeing Global, said: "Through the Return Flight programme, we aim to provide a supportive environment where participants can reintegrate into the workforce and receive targeted development to help unlock their full potential.''

“We know that a diverse workforce is a more effective workforce, and we look forward to seeing the unique perspective participants bring to the company.”

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Specific areas within the programme include  tailored onboarding and programme orientation, foundational upskilling, personal coaching sessions, and professional and leadership skills development.

Each participant will be matched with a dedicated professional coach provide ongoing support throughout their return-to-work.

STEM Returners will source candidates and provide additional support, including advice, career coaching, and mentoring.

Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners, said: “There is a known shortage of skills across STEM industries in the UK so to see a company like Boeing, a leading global aerospace company, launch the Return Flight programme here and help this pool of skilled, dedicated and talented professionals return to work, is very positive.

“Through partnerships like this, we 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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