STEM Returners Programme2022-03-31T11:34:44+01:00

You’re qualified in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) subject, and you’re ambitious to re-enter the workplace. You’ve taken a career break, and now you’re keen to return, with the support to take the next step.

Sound like you? Find your place with our STEM Returners programme, and take charge of your career. Your ambition leads here.

What is the STEM Returners Programme?

Many skilled and experienced professionals take career breaks to care for family members, to travel or study, or for health or other personal reasons. With our STEM Returners programme, we’re dedicated to supporting and empowering these individuals to regain skills and confidence as they return to the workplace. We promote an inclusive work environment where everyone is supported to be themselves and achieve their ambitions, so we’ve launched this programme to encourage talented individuals to do just this. ​

This programme particularly welcomes applications from female returners, supporting our aim to address the gender imbalance that’s recognised within STEM careers and within the defence sector. However, recognising that career breaks for parental care or personal reasons are not exclusive to women, we invite applicants of all genders to apply. ​

Why is the STEM Returners programme so important to us?

“As a signatory to the Women in Defence Charter, DE&S is absolutely committed to increasing the representation of women across our community. This is especially the case within the areas of our organisation that rely on STEM professionals, where women are currently under-represented. This programme will offer an incredible opportunity for re-entry into a dynamic and complex work environment, where the programme will build your confidence and prepare you for your future career at DE&S. Our flexibility, hybrid working and family-friendly policies, matched with a welcoming and inclusive organisational culture, will make your return much simpler”

– [Min – Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Lead]

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How to Apply​

Applications are now closed for the 2022 STEM Returners Programme.

Interested in applying in future? Read our STEM Returners – Applicant Toolkit for support with preparing to apply.

You can view all of our current opportunities on our Vacancies page.

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace

“Diversity of thought and experience are proven to be directly linked with innovation and challenging the norm, so for DE&S, embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity is not just ethically right, it’s vital for our success. That’s why we’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace that inspires, attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects the society we live in. And that’s why we’re dedicated to increasing the pool of talented people we work alongside through this programme, whatever their gender, but particularly women who are under-represented in STEM.”

– [Mary – Engineering Head of Function]

In many ways, every day, we’ll show you that you’re welcome here. We train, empower and expect our people to show that same welcome and respect for every colleague. That’s how we create the workplace that reflects what we want: an inclusive future society – and that is why we are striving towards a more representative workforce.

Benefits and discounts

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We truly believe that DE&S is a great place to work, and we offer a unique experience for our graduates and apprentices.

We want to ensure that every single employee feels appreciated and fairly rewarded and being part of the Civil Service allows to offer a very unique and attractive benefits package including discounts on cinema tickets, sport and leisure and your weekly shop.

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