February 21

More Women To Be Supported Into STEM Jobs

February 21

It’s no secret that when it comes to STEM industries, there’s a gender gap with only 29.4% of the STEM workforce being women. This month celebrates International Women’s Day on the 8th March and we’re thrilled to hear of the government’s latest announcement to support more women into engineering and manufacturing roles.

What is the government support?

The scheme – backed by £150,000 of Government funding - will be run by Women Returners and STEM Returners and will target those who have taken lengthy career breaks to care for others, giving them the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

The STEM ReCharge pilot will provide support and training to technology and engineering returners in the Midlands and the North of England. It will also provide support and training for STEM employers on supportive returner hiring and inclusive recruitment practices.

Handley James are lucky enough to have a wealth of candidate relationships with strong, influential females across the Manufacturing, Engineering and Chemical industry but we could and should have more. From initial training to support returning to work, we back absolutely every forward thinking project such as this.

Our clients working with us speak about the need for certain skills and the drastic shortage of candidates available to fill these roles. The STEM ReCharge sounds like a fantastic opportunity to speak to experienced individuals who may not have been on the market in the past few years but are now looking for their next challenge. Career breaks due to caregiving, hybrid options, remote working, these have now become our new vocabulary so lets open some doors together and celebrate women working in STEM.

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