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Have you re-entered the STEM sector after a career break? Help STEM Returners understand the challenges faced by those returning to work

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Have you returned to the STEM sector following a career break? Tell STEM Returners about your experiences.

STEM Returners has launched its annual survey to understand STEM professionals’ experiences of trying to re-enter the sector after a career break.

The STEM Returners Index is open to all STEM professions who have had a gap in their career or who are attempting to return to work or who have recently returned to work.

The survey is anonymous and will ask a variety of questions including reasons for a career break, what challenges were faced when attempting to return to work and what impact COVID-19 had on finding a role.

This is the third Index launched by STEM Returners, which returns highly qualified and experienced STEM professionals to work after a career break by working with employers to facilitate paid short-term employment placements.

STEM Returners was set up by Natalie Desty in 2017 after she saw how hard it was for STEM professionals who had been out of employment for a period of time, to re-enter their profession.

Natalie DestySpeaking about the survey Natalie said, “We know that the UK engineering industry needs hundreds of engineers annually to keep up with demand, but despite this need, there is a pool of STEM professionals on a career break who find it incredibly challenging to return to work – recruitment bias being the main barrier to entry.”

“We want to get more insight into the challenges STEM professionals face when wanting to return to work and how the last two years of the pandemic has effected that process.”

“We can use this valuable information to work with employers and improve their recruitment processes and enable them to see that a gap on someone’s CV does not automatically lead to a deterioration of skills.”

“I would like to personally encourage any STEM professional who has had a career break to take part in the survey and tell us about their experiences.”

“Our last Index had more than 750 respondents, this year we’d like to get more than 1000.”

The 2022 STEM Returners Index will be open until 30 April 2022.

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In last year’s survey, both men (39 per cent) and women (43 per cent) said they felt they had personally experienced bias in recruitment processes due to a perceived lack of recent experience.

Nearly a third of female respondents said they had personally experienced bias in recruitment processes due to their gender while 22 per cent of respondents said they feel they have personally experienced bias in recruitment processes due to their race or ethnicity. Additionally, 67 per cent of BME respondents said they are finding it difficult or very difficult to return to work.

The STEM Returners’ programme 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. Programmes have been set up with internationally renowned firms including BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, Babcock International and SSE, with more than 200 candidates joining programmes across the UK.

Katie Ireland, STEM ReturnersGeoscientist Katie Ireland made the difficult decision to leave her role to focus on raising her children.

As her children began to get older, she wanted to return to the role she loved. But unfortunately, returning to work after a break was not an easy process.

Instead of recognising that Katie’s time out had made her a more rounded geoscientist, the career break penalty meant she faced rejection when trying to re-enter the industry.

She explained: “My five-year career break had a major impact on how I viewed myself and ultimately my confidence. My confidence was at an all-time low, my memory and ability to retain information was poor and this didn’t come across well. It was hard to explain to others and so difficult for them to empathise.

“I came across the STEM Returners role with Ørsted and thought the term “STEM Returner” perfectly described what I was trying to do.”

Katie took part in a returners programme with Ørsted and has now been made a permanent member of staff. With decarbonisation and the move towards renewable energy, Katie’s career path will be one that is well-trodden over the coming years in STEM.

“The opportunity (at Ørsted) has changed my career in so many ways. Not only has it allowed me to return to work after a career break, but it has given me the chance to transition from oil and gas to the renewables sector.”

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Looking to return to work? Booking.com is on the search to hire career returners

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Booking.com has partnered with Tech Returners to up-skill and hire sixteen career returners to their technical team.

The free 8-week programme is available to UK residents, and upon successful completion of the programme, the cohort will have the opportunity to secure life-changing tech jobs with the online-travel giant.

Tech Returners, the Manchester based company has launched their December ‘Your Return to Tech’ 8-week programme to recruit, re-skill, and enable experienced software developers in Manchester and surrounding areas to re-enter the tech industry. Tech Returners works to bridge the tech skills gap and address the lack of diversity within the tech industry. The programme provides tech professionals who have been struggling to return to tech after a career break (including maternity and paternity leave) with technical up-skilling, interview prep, and confidence coaching.

The December 2021 programme is funded by Booking.com and is open to applicants who are looking to return to a career in software development with previous mid-level experience.

Booking.com have committed to hire backend software developers upon completion of the programme and successful job interviews. Tech Returners is anticipating a high volume of applications for the December programme due to Booking.com known for its inclusive culture.

All sixteen roles which keeps in-line with Tech Returners mission on providing accessible routes back into tech.

Speaking about the the new partnership, Tech Returners’ CEO & Co-founder, Beckie Taylor said, We’re in a time where people have been struggling to return to their software careers for a wide range of reasons and with the pandemic having made things even more difficult.”

“So, we are really thrilled to partner with Booking.com to enable our next cohort of returners back into their careers through our ‘Your Return to Tech’ December 2021 programme.”

“We’re proud to provide the opportunity for talented individuals across the Northwest to not only up-skill on our remote programme, but also secure employment with Booking.com”.

Booking.com is one of the latest organisations alongside BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to partner with Tech Returners, who since 2017, has empowered more than 120 careers into technical careers with 65% of those being women.

Booking.com will join other businesses such as, BBC, Auto Trader, Nando’s, Booking.com, AO.com, Eigen Technologies, Xero and many more companies in empowering career returners.

Applications for the ’Your Return to Tech’ December 2021 programme are open until 23:59 on Monday 29th November 2021. To apply for place on the programme and to secure a remote role with Booking.com, register below.

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Looking to return to work after a career break? Your Return to Tech programme is open for applications

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Tech Returners is on a mission to close the diversity gap in tech and making returning to a career in software development accessible and free for everyone.

Do you or your network know anyone who has had a career break that would like to refresh their coding skills and secure a role with a forward-thinking company?

This September Tech Returners is running its ‘new and improved’ Your Return to Tech programme in partnership with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and applications are now open.

Returners will receive 8 weeks of expert technical training covering Software Development Fundamentals and Back End Technologies, as well as career coaching and development to enable them to return to the industry and interview for a role with BAE Systems at the end of the programme.

Thanks to the sponsorship and support of BAE Systems, it’s free to take part.

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Watch the introduction to Your Return to Tech below


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Discover more about BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, their values and their open roles

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Applications are now open for Tech Returners' Tech Future Female Leaders

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Just five per cent of senior roles in tech are held by women, that’s probably not a surprising statistic to most people but it’s one that Tech Returners CEO Beckie Taylor is passionate about changing and so she set out to develop a programme which would work with women in technology to develop the skills they needed to progress in their careers and inspire others to do the same. 

The lack of diversity and missing skills in the tech industry is a reality and Beckie found she was consistently asked:

“How do I hire more women into tech leadership roles?”

There is no magic answer, but rather it’s about fresh thinking, about creating environments where women in tech teams can develop themselves for success and inspire others to do the same and so in 2018, the Tech Future Female Leaders programme was born.

A four part programme focused on understanding and building an individuals’ own unique journey into leadership, identifying natural strengths and how to communicate effectively.  Building confidence and empowering individuals to develop a personal brand internally and externally alongside building technical leadership for themselves and their teams, all of which are underpinned by creating and developing a support network to aid ongoing development.

Since then the programme has worked with more than 40 female technology leaders from globally recognised organisations committed to developing their talent and is focused delivering real results with graduates from the programme going on to win industry awards and speak at events and conferences and even taking to the stage at TEDx. In 2019 the programme has developed to provide an ‘in house’ offering working with businesses like The Co-Op to deliver the programme across entire teams.

How to get involved

Tech Future Female Leaders works with business to invest in their talent and to create a business where people develop and grow, assisting your retention efforts and helping your business attract new talent. The programme is open to individuals either as part of their training provision from their employer or self-funded and to businesses looking to develop teams or groups of individuals in the house.

The next cohort kicks off January 2020, to learn more and apply please click here.


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Deloitte seeks untapped tech talent with new programme for returners

 

Deloitte are searching for untapped tech talent to take part in its new digital skills retraining programme for people returning to work after a career break.

Building on the success of its award-winning return to work programme, and in response to a growing demand for coding skills, Deloitte is launching a pilot return to work retraining programme, where returners will learn valuable coding and software development skills. As with the firm’s return to work programme, while the retraining programme is designed with women in mind but open to all.

The retraining programme comprises a 12 month Software Developer Apprenticeship, beginning with a three month upfront training course with Makers Academy in London, with successful participants joining Deloitte in permanent roles and qualifying for a Software Developer Level Four Apprenticeship.

The programme is designed specifically for returners without any previous software experience, who are looking to learn new technology skills - including key coding and software developer topics such as databases, coding languages, deployment processes and tools - following a career break of two or more years. The course offers participants the opportunity to retrain, whilst receiving a salary.

Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said, “This retraining programme is a new and exciting way of bringing talented individuals back to work and filling the growing skills shortage in software development."

"We want to provide the opportunity for people who have had time away from work, whether for family or any other reasons, to learn new, in-demand skills."

“Across the technology industry, women are vastly underrepresented, meaning businesses, and the economy as a whole, are missing out on a hugely valuable pool of potential talent."

"I believe this programme, which is primarily aimed at women but open to all, will create new opportunities and support our commitment to improving the diversity of our workforce."

"We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds and with different experiences.”

Evgeny Shadchnev, CEO at Makers Academy, added, “From our experiences of training top tech talent, we know that it is never too late to learn to code and consider a career switch."

"Diversity cannot be an afterthought in the digital economy, especially for companies who wish to remain globally competitive."

"We need more diverse talent training as software developers and we are excited to be partnering with Deloitte to make this happen.”


A quarter of women feel that a lack of confidence is the biggest stumbling block when returning to work

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A quarter of women feel that a lack of confidence is their biggest stumbling block when returning to work, according to a new study.

The Confidence Gap Report, conducted by Tech Pixies, looks into what the impact of taking a career break has on women's confidence, career prospects, job satisfaction and earning power.

The report found that nearly half of the women surveyed said they felt a career break had damaged their career. The research also found that 45 per cent of women said they felt less anxious at work if they could lose their self-doubt about their ability; and 33 per cent of women feel anxious that colleagues are more up to speed with digital skills than they are.

Taking a career break has a negative impact on a woman’s take-home pay too with 42 per cent of women claiming they earn less now compared to when they went on a career break, including 22 per cent earnt up to £10,000 less a year, 16 per cent earning between £10,000 to £20,000 less a year after their career break and four per cent earning over £20,000 less a year.

Overall, this has left women returners feeling financially insecure and worried for their future with 37 per cent of women saying they feel less confident about their long-term earning potential.

The research also found that women are also coming up against issues once they return to work - 29 per cent of women felt side-lined or undervalued; ten per cent said they were doing work that they would describe as 'beneath their ability'; and 47 per cent of women described their current work simply as 'a means to an end'.

Speaking about the findings, Joy Foster, Founder of TechPixies, said, "It's very clear from our research that more needs to be done to ensure that women are not negatively affected by taking a career break."

"As our Confidence Gap Report details, a big part of this is building up women's confidence and digital skills ahead of their return to work."

"And this is exactly what TechPixies sets out to do, enabling women to return to the workplace with confidence and practical skills that will give them more job satisfaction, better pay and appropriate recognition in the workplace."

"With our report we're encouraging women to upskill themselves, which will in turn give them confidence so that they can go on to have fulfilling and stimulating careers following a career break, something we can all aspire to have in the 21st century thanks to the technology available to us all."


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Parental Choice | Discount for working parents

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Parental Choice are experts in childcare and working parents.

They recognise the struggle that many parents face when returning to work after starting a family.

The what, when, where and how of childcare are often at the centre of these struggles. Parental Choice provide advice on all elements of childcare.  They will carry out searches in your local area for nurseries, childminders, schools or help secure in-home help in the shape of nannies, au-pairs and housekeepers.

“I worked with Parental Choice to get a nanny for my 5-month-old baby when I returned to work full time. The team there were very understanding about the requirements and trying to find   a nanny that worked for our family.  In addition, when we had a few problems with the initial weeks the team were very professional about helping sort out these problems and we now have a very happy situation. I would definitely recommend Parental Choice for working Mums.”

As well as helping working families directly, Parental Choice work with businesses who have identified the need to provide support in the workplace which will help balance life at home.

Their parental wellbeing programmes include childcare clinics, lunch and learn sessions delivered by a panel of experts, parenting-focused newsletters and discounted childcare searches.

Clients include L’Oreal, Euromoney, White & Case, Northern Trust and more in financial services and legal sectors.

"Parental choice provided a friendly, responsive, supportive and highly efficient service in our search for a nanny" – Euromoney Employee

Parental Choice are helping working mothers across a diverse cross-section of sectors and industries and have noticed the issues faced by those looking to progress in tech as one of the more challenging.  In an already male-dominated industry they are keen to support working mothers to progress, return or start working in tech by providing support and advice on childcare and by securing long-term dependable care solutions.

Parental Choice are offering WeAreTechWomen website users a ten per cent discount on their services for working parents returning to work.  They can help whatever the age of your child.

Call their team of childcare experts on 020 8979 6453 or email [email protected] and quote WeAreTechWomen to obtain your discount.  Normal Parental Choice T&Cs are applicable, see www.parentalchoice.co.uk for details.


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Have you or someone you know been out of work due to family commitments for two years or more?

Are you or they thinking about going back to work but not sure where to start? If you answered yes to either question then our return to work programme called ‘Refresh’ could be of interest.

At Worldpay we are committed to supporting colleagues with busy lives. We know that most people leave work at the end of the day with responsibilities for young children and elder care. Refresh is an inclusive programme that provides a supportive environment for people to use their skills and experience while maintaining work-life balance.

The Refresh programme includes a structured training and coaching programme to build on existing skills and help you develop your confidence as you settle back into work. You will be invited to apply for any of our open roles or take part in a placement to help you settle back into work.

Do you love technology as much as we do?

We’re looking for creative thinkers, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs who have a passion for working with technology. We have exciting roles in software engineering & testing, architecture, infrastructure, data transformation, enterprise security, project management and business analysis. As we are a fast moving business our need for experts in different fields changes all the time so we encourage applications from a broad spectrum of technology backgrounds.

Covering approximately 146 countries, 126 currencies, and more than 300 alternative payment forms, we process 40 billion transactions for more than a million merchant locations worldwide each year. Our global technology team is responsible for the design, build and maintenance of systems, products and services that we sell to customers.

When you join our team you will work on some of the most exciting, technology-led projects in the FinTech sector and you will make a huge difference to our business and the tens of millions of people that use our services every day.

Requirements

To qualify for the Refresh programme you will have been out of work for at least two years due to family commitments, whether it be caring for children, elderly family members or someone with a disability. The programme is inclusive to men and women.

The process

  • Applications open 25 March 2019
  • Application closing date 1 May 2019 (with screening commencing from 7 May)
  • We will then host a one day meet-up on 6 June 2019
  • After the meet-up day, if there is a potential match for one of our open roles, you will be invited to interview for the position
  • Final Interview process will commence from 17 June 2019
  • The start date for new roles will be 30 September 2019

The 6 June meet-up will take place in our London office in the City. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Worldpay and the different technology teams. There will be a skills workshop to build strengths and confidence in the workplace, and you’ll get the chance to network with Worldpay colleagues and hear about our flexible culture, inclusivity networks and returner experiences.

Balancing work and family life

As a family-friendly employer, we know that getting the right work life balance is important especially as life has its way of throwing in some surprises. We want our colleagues who are juggling a busy career and family life to have the support they need, when they need it. In addition to our internal Worldpay Family Network and partnership with My Family Care - providing support and the chance to network with people in a similar situation - we are also open to exploring flexible working arrangements. The standard working week at Worldpay is 35 hours, core hours being 9-5, and as a company, we support colleagues working from home one day per week.

Next steps

If you would like to apply to Refresh please do so with your CV, outlining the following:

  • Your motivation for applying to Refresh and what you hope to gain
  • Any technical skills you have and / or experience of working in a technology environment
  • The role types to which you believe you would be most suited

Applications will be reviewed from April onwards, with initial conversations taking place in May. Successful applicants will then be invited to attend the 6 June meet-up event.

Should you have any questions you may contact us on [email protected]

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Getting back to business | Returning to work after a career break

 

Are you looking to return to work after a career break of a year or more? Do you have five plus years business experience in areas such as project management, project support or business analysis? Join FDM as a Business Consultant through the FDM Getting Back to Business Career Programme.
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We will provide you with seven weeks of training to refresh and upskill your knowledge. Upon completion you will become a full time Consultant working onsite with one or more of our 180+ prestigious clients across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector.

As an FDM Consultant, you will work with us for a minimum of two years. After that time, you could either transition to the client permanently or stay with FDM as a senior Consultant.

You will receive:
  • Fully-funded professional business and technical training in our state of the art London training centre (includes PRINCE2 certification)
  • Flexible training hours of 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday during the seven week training period, to help accommodate personal commitments
  • Fast-track career progression to get you back into business·
  • Job security for a minimum of two years (with options open to you after this time)
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Continuous support and development throughout your career journey
Essential Criteria
  • Looking to return to work after a break in your career
  • Previous experience in either Business Analysis, Project Support or Project Management
  • A strong aptitude and interest in business
  • Be able to commit to a two year contract with FDM once the seven week training period is complete
  • Be able to work full time

Please click here to send us your CV for immediate consideration.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Julie at [email protected]

We are looking for professional and dedicated people to join us now. The next course will begin early 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting back to business | Returning to work after a career break

Are you looking to return to work after a career break of a year or more? Do you have five plus years business experience in areas such as project management, project support or business analysis? Join FDM as a Business Consultant through the FDM Getting Back to Business Career Programme.

FDM-LogoWe will provide you with seven weeks of training to refresh and upskill your knowledge. Upon completion you will become a full time Consultant working onsite with one or more of our 180+ prestigious clients across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector.

As an FDM Consultant, you will work with us for a minimum of two years. After that time, you could either transition to the client permanently or stay with FDM as a senior Consultant.

You will receive:
  • Fully-funded professional business and technical training in our state of the art London training centre (includes PRINCE2 certification)
  • Flexible training hours of 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday during the seven week training period, to help accommodate personal commitments
  • Fast-track career progression to get you back into business·
  • Job security for a minimum of two years (with options open to you after this time)
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Continuous support and development throughout your career journey
Essential Criteria
  • Looking to return to work after a break in your career
  • Previous experience in either Business Analysis, Project Support or Project Management
  • A strong aptitude and interest in business
  • Be able to commit to a two year contract with FDM once the seven week training period is complete
  • Be able to work full time

Please click here to send us your CV for immediate consideration.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Julie at [email protected]

We are looking for professional and dedicated people to join us now. The next course will begin early 2018.

 

See here for FDM Group's other returnship programmes.