Construction UK Construction Directory
Time and date
CONSTRUCTION DIRECTORY
Share this page
Construction News
13/12/2023

Wates Launches Second STEM Returners Programme

Construction News Image
Wates has launched its second STEM Returners programme.

The programme will include opportunities across the construction business, including in site manager, project manager and project engineer roles. They will be based at Leatherhead at Wates' head office, or in Luton or Warrington.

Return-to-work specialists STEM Returners will source the candidates and provide career coaching and mentoring.

The new programme follows the success of the first partnership between Wates and STEM Returners last year which helped six returners back to industry.

One of those people was Anwesha Gupta, who was able to secure a role as a Bid Manager after a two-year career break to look after her young daughter after moving to the UK. Prior to finding the opportunity at Wates, Anwesha, who is base near St Neots in Cambridgeshire, found it difficult to reach recruiters and secure an interview through standard recruitment channels, despite her 11 years' experience in the civil and structural industry.

-- Advertisement --
hss

"Most of the time I was told that they saved my resume for future reference. It was tricky to secure a further interview as I didn’t have prior UK experience," she said.

"There was a point when I started to feel that it was tough to get a suitable role after a career break. But with the help and connection of STEM Returners I am now able to move forward with my career.

"There are certain circumstances in people’s lives where they need to interrupt their professional journey in order to take care of other things such as family life and health. But that doesn't mean the end of their career."

Annual research from STEM Returners (The STEM Returners Index) highlights the challenges people face when trying to return to work following a career break, with recruitment bias shown to be the main barrier to entry.

STEM Returners' programmes aim to eliminate these barriers by giving candidates real work experience and mentoring during their placement, as well as supporting them to seamlessly adjust to life back in work.

Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners said: "Stories like Anwesha's are very common. Despite excellent skills, knowledge and experience, a gap on a CV puts you at a disadvantage, which shouldn’t be the case.

"We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Wates, who share in our commitment to improving the way the engineering and construction industries view people who take a career break and increase equity in STEM. Only by working together, will we make vital changes in recruitment practices, to help those who are finding it challenging to return to the sector and bridge the well-known skills gap while improving diversity and inclusion."

Latest Construction News

04/03/2024

South Gloucestershire Council has approved proposals for the revised masterplan for Brabazon, a new neighbourhood for South Gloucestershire and Bristol being built by YTL Developments on the historic former Filton Airfield. As the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel, home to over 100 ...
04/03/2024

Esh Construction has completed work on a £3 million project in Sheffield. The company has handed over 20 new affordable homes at Fir View Gardens in Sheffield. Working on behalf of Great Places Housing Group, the development has been delivered on a vacant piece of land off Osgathorpe Drive, close ...
04/03/2024

Morgan Sindall Construction has commenced refurbishment work at Watford Colosseum to preserve, modernise and upgrade the historic live entertainment venue. Built in 1938, Watford Colosseum is a Grade II listed building renowned worldwide for its exceptional acoustics. Described by Julian Lloyd ...
04/03/2024

Why Fall-Pac? We've been protecting those working at height needing height safety equipment since 2004, with fall arrest systems that we believe are the safest available. Fall-Pac's team is passionate about safety, with unmatched knowledge in fall protection system. Our polystyrene and air-pocket ...
04/03/2024

Southend-On-Sea Council has re-tendered the construction contract for the Cliffs Pavilion refurbishment project. This is after costs submitted in Willmott Dixon's tender submission were deemed too high and outside of the project budget. The council entered into a pre-construction agreement with ...
04/03/2024

We're a team specialising in the supply of top tier barrier products. These can take on many forms, including handrails and crash barriers. There is something here for every situation. Also, we can install these items nationwide. As one of the front-runners of the UK barrier industry, you can ...
04/03/2024

EN:Procure has appointed 27 contractors to its latest £700m new build housing framework.  The procurement arm of social housing consortium Efficiency North previously welcomed bidding across four lots of predominantly social housing new build schemes of various sized generally in Yorkshire ...
04/03/2024

Robertson Construction has started building works on an extra care development in Cleckheaton, Kirklees, for Housing 21. Pictured left to right: A ground-breaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction and Robertson was joined by representatives from Housing 21, Kirklees Council and ...
04/03/2024

Schiedel has now officially launched our Outdoor Kitchen to the UK market! Introducing The Hale! Discover helpful information about The Hale through our extensive list of frequently asked ...
04/03/2024

Spitfire Homes has officially opened a new Customer Suite at Malabar, a new neighbourhood in Daventry, Northamptonshire, against a backdrop of rising buyer demand across the UK. The collection comprises a variety of aspirational new two- to five-bedroom homes tailored to suit a range of ...
KP Acoustics LtdLakeside HireThink Construction Skills Ltd.BRICOFLOR UKJWCStuart CanvasUrban Marque LtdScafftag LimitedGo Geothermal LtdStuart Canvas
Terms and Conditions
2024/03/05 06:48:29