A programme announced today [24 July] will seek to support those with transferable skills from a qualified and experienced STEM background to enter or re-enter the engineering, environmental or digital sectors.
Named ReStart, the programme will provide a 12-week paid placement opportunity for STEM professionals in the hopes of helping them become permanent employee.
Some scheme participants will work with design engineers and consultants on infrastructure projects within the rail and highways sector to support employment growth in this area.
They will likewise take part in a series of workshops to support personal and skills development, with each trainee being offered a personal plan based on technical and professional development opportunities in advance of their application for a full-time role.
The scheme was set up by engineering consultancy Amey Consulting.
Laura Simarro, people director at Amey Consulting, said, “Across our sector we’re always looking to find a diverse set of skills and expertise to help solve our clients’ problems and to bring fresh thinking, different perspectives, and new ideas to our business.
“Our nationwide ReStart programme has been designed to attract individuals who have taken an extended career break, have relevant academic qualifications or prior work-place experience in a STEM industry, and are looking for a pathway back into employment.”
The first cohort is due to start this autumn and is now open for applications.