Introducing a new cross-sector programme aimed at introducing SMEs to a hidden talent opportunity whilst supporting career returners back into the workforce. Not only does it enable SMEs to access experienced engineering talent it will also improve their diversity & inclusion measures.

ADS has partnered with Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultancy STEM Returners, skills charity Enginuity, and the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) on the new initative.

In this webinar we outlined more about the scheme and timeframe, and heard from a current career returner and host company. 

Supporting this programme will benefit employers in the following ways:

  • Target a talent pool of highly qualified and experienced candidates
  • Demonstrate your commitment to achieving diversity and equality
  • Participate in a campaign that offers an innovative response to an identified industry wide problem

Why STEM Returners?

STEM Returners help employers recruit, develop, and retain the best available talent, enabling highly qualified and experienced STEM professionals to re-start their career or transfer their skills. They have helped over 450 STEM Professionals return to work:

  • 96% have now secured a permanent positions
  • 46% are women
  • 34% are from minority ethnic groups 

They already work successfully with many of our larger members including Leonardo, Rolls-Royce, Reaction Engines and BAE Systems.

Linda McVey, Skills and Capability Director, Government Affairs at Leonardo says, “Great to see ADS getting behind this initiative. Leonardo has run the programme with great success for a few years and support any measures to encourage and enable people back into STEM roles”.

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