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STEM Returners Programmes2022-08-09T12:45:35+01:00

Join one of our STEM Returners programmes

In March 2022, DE&S launched our first STEM Returners scheme for individuals specifically wanting to retrain or return to work as safety engineers. We were blown away by the talent, experience and skills showcased by the applicants. As a result, we’re pleased to be launching ‘phase two’ of our pilot programme, expanding our offer to three schemes across multiple specialisms, offering applicants even more ways to discover an enriching career in defence.

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 programmes, 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 these programmes to encourage talented individuals to do just this. ​

What is a STEM Returners programme?

These programmes are designed to help you transition effectively back to your former STEM career. We have a range of specialisms available, depending on where your experience and interests lie. These are fully-paid opportunities, with technical and soft skills development schemes built in. The length may vary depending on the specific scheme, and all come with the opportunity to achieve a permanent role at the end.

Who can apply?

This programme particularly welcomes applications from female returners, supporting our aim to address the gender imbalance that’s widely 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.

Please see the individual programme adverts for more information on the experience required to apply for each scheme.

Why are STEM Returners programmes 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. Our welcoming and inclusive organisational culture will be of real benefit, with flexibility, hybrid working and family-friendly policies in place to support you”

– [Min – Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Lead]

Ready to explore our programmes?

SDA Engineer​s – STEM Returners Programme

  • Organisation: Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) – discover more about the SDA
  • Specialism: We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of engineering specialisms. Our technical disciplines include: environmental, electrical and power, mechanical, naval architecture, nuclear, quality assurance, safety, science, sensors, software and cyber, systems, and weapons
  • Location: Filton, Bristol, or Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
  • Scheme duration: 12 months (plus opportunity to extend)
  • Application requirements: We welcome applications from candidates with a passion for engineering and the motivation to pursue a permanent career with us. To be eligible for this programme, you will need to have:​
    • Been on a career break for 18 months or more
    • Experience of providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes
    • A Level 4 or above qualification in an engineering discipline (e.g. a Higher National Certificate)
    • The ability to start with SDA from January 2023
    • Due to the secure nature of our work these roles are available for sole UK nationals only
  • How to apply: Applications are open from 30/06/22 to 21/08/22. View the SDA STEM Returners Programme – Engineers job advert to discover more and apply.

DE&S Safety Engineer​s – STEM Returners Programme

  • Organisation: Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
  • Specialism: Safety engineering
  • Location: Filton, Bristol
  • Scheme duration: 6 months (plus opportunity to extend)
  • Application requirements: We welcome applications from candidates with a passion for engineering and the motivation to pursue a permanent career with us. To be eligible for this programme, you will need to have:​
    • Been on a career break for two years or more
    • Experience of providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes
    • A Level 4 or above qualification in an engineering discipline (e.g. a Higher National Certificate)
    • The ability to start with DE&S from February 2023
  • How to apply: Applications are open from 04/07/22 to 14/08/22. View the DE&S STEM Returners Programme – Safety Engineers job advert to discover more and apply.

DE&S Systems Engineer​s – STEM Returners Programme

  • Organisation: Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
  • Specialism: Systems engineering
  • Location: Filton, Bristol
  • Scheme duration: 6 months (plus opportunity to extend)
  • Application requirements: We welcome applications from candidates with a passion for engineering and the motivation to pursue a permanent career with us. To be eligible for this programme, you will need to have:​
    • Been on a career break for two years or more
    • Experience of providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes
    • A Level 4 or above qualification in an engineering discipline (e.g. a Higher National Certificate)
    • The ability to start with DE&S from February 2023
  • How to apply: Applications are open from 04/07/22 to 14/08/22. View the DE&S STEM Returners Programme – Systems Engineers job advert to discover more and apply.

Looking for more support or further information?

Please read our STEM Returners – Applicant Toolkit for more information about DE&S and for support in updating your CV and preparing for an interview, or you can get in touch with the recruiter listed on any live adverts.

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 and the SDA, 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.

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