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Finding your way back into a STEM role

  • Publish Date: Posted about 3 years ago
  • Author: Marketing Team

As headlines continue to fill newspapers with the latest Government initiatives to build back better and develop plans to reduce our carbon emissions by generating greener energy resources, there’s never been a more exciting time to be working in a STEM role.

STEM – or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to those unfamiliar with the term – encompasses a wide array of roles and sectors with accessible jobs for everyone.

For those who had previously left the industry, choosing an alternative career path or taking a break from employment to enjoy being part of the early years development of their family, these endless new initiatives could provide the ideal driving force to reconsider a career in STEM.

What’s all the excitement about?

It’s true, the Government certainly is getting excited when it comes to the projected job opportunities new net zero initiatives and renewable energy projects will deliver. Their recently established Green Jobs Taskforce aims to support the creation of 2 million skilled jobs by 2050.

Initiatives include ensuring skills are available to retrofit homes with smarter energy saving techniques and boosting power generation from offshore wind – carving out a long-term plan to ensure the right level of people are available over the coming years to meet the UK-wide carbon reduction targets.

Apprenticeships aren’t just for the younger generation

When it comes to learning the trade, there’s no better way to get into a job than through an industry recognised apprenticeship scheme. Whilst this is a firmly established route for young adults considering their options as they finish school, it’s important to remember that apprenticeships can benefit lots of different people – not just the younger generation.

In 2017 the Government also introduced the Apprenticeship Levy, which requires all businesses with a payroll over £3 million per year to pay into the scheme. 0.5% of their payroll cost each month is paid into the levy tax, with the Government adding to this pot which can be used for employee training.

A range of qualifications can be gained through the scheme, which can be used to bring onboard new apprentices as well as upskill current employees – making it a great tool that’s accessible to everyone to help with career progression.

Here at NRL we welcome working with our clients to identify candidates with the transferable skills to work in new sectors and to use resources such as the Apprentice Levy to bridge the gap in sector-specific skills.

Refreshing your knowledge

For those who’ve stepped away from the industry for some time, the Open University provides a free Returning to STEM online course.

Packaged into 8 weekly modules, the Level 3 course explains the opportunities available in the industry and provides handy tips to help you prepare to look for work. A dedicated section with guidance from WISE also explains why the STEM industry is a great place for women to work.

The course can be taken at any time, by visiting the Open University website here.

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