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Babcock seeks STEM returners for Devonport career programme

Posted 11 January 2019

Babcock International is looking for qualified engineers looking to return to work after career breaks.



Launching in April 2019, Babcock will begin a STEM Returners programme at its Devonport facility following the success of a similar return to work initiative for engineers at its Bristol base.

The initial programme, aimed at getting engineers working again following breaks in their working lives, runs for 13 weeks. With two of the original five ‘returners’ on the Bristol programme now in full time employment with the company, Babcock will extend the initiative and run STEM Returners at its facility on the south-west coast specifically targeting those with Mechanical and Design Engineering and Senior Safety Case Engineering skills experience.

Aimed at these already highly-qualified male and female engineers, Babcock’s programme, in partnership with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), will offer returners’ the chance to refresh their technical training, workplace experience and take advantage of specialised mentoring and coaching.

Craig Lockhart, Managing Director of Naval Marine at Babcock International Group said: “As one of the largest and most complex engineering businesses in the UK, we are excited to launch a STEM Returners initiative in Devonport which is designed to encourage skilled engineers back to the workplace. Our engineering sector is at the forefront of modern thinking and is embracing new technologies which provide the ultimate opportunity for engineers to return to a dynamic environment.

“Babcock is looking for qualified and enthusiastic engineers to join the programme with the opportunity of securing a career with us going forward.”

Natalie Desty, Founder of STEM Returners said: “We are so excited to be running a second programme with Babcock. The success of the first means that two highly skilled returners have restarted their professional careers with Babcock in Bristol, and we are delighted to bring forward more opportunities in Plymouth. We pride ourselves on working with inclusive and innovative employers who genuinely value the skills that returners have to offer. The level of support that Babcock provides creates a genuine opportunity to return to an exciting and rewarding long-term career.”

As well as attracting those returning from a career break, the programme is also looking to encourage individuals currently working in other industries but who are looking to transfer to the engineering sector to apply. Babcock and STEM Returners are committed to creating long term back to work opportunities. All candidates will be assessed for a permanent position at the end of a placement and job offers will be made to those successfully fulfilling the programme requirements.


Candidates wishing to apply have until Friday 8th February 2019 and can do so via:

www.stemreturners.com/returner-registration

 

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