It will target engineering, operations and quality, providing an opportunity for people who have taken time out of work, and will focus on learning, development and workplace transition to give returners the skills and knowledge to excel.
"Through the Return Flight programme, we aim to provide a supportive environment where participants can reintegrate into the workforce and receive targeted development to help unlock their full potential,” said Israil Bryan, Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion director for Boeing Global. “We know that a diverse workforce is a more effective workforce, and we look forward to seeing the unique perspective participants bring to the company.”
The initiative is open to candidates who have taken at least 18 months out of work, and consists of a 12-week programme that's designed as a bridge to full time employment. It will include tailored onboarding, personal coaching, and professional and leadership skills development, with each participant matched with a dedicated coach.
STEM Returners, which organises this programme and other similar ones, has found that individuals often face challenges when trying to return to the workforce: 66% of STEM professionals said returning to work is difficult or very difficult, and 46% feel they've been biased against.
Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners, said: “There is a known shortage of skills across STEM industries in the UK so to see a company like Boeing, a leading global aerospace company, launch the Return Flight programme here and help this pool of skilled, dedicated and talented professionals return to work, is very positive.
“Through partnerships like this, we will we make vital changes in STEM recruitment practices to help those who are finding it challenging to return to the sector and improve diversity and inclusion.”
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