‘We need more women in science and engineering’ – Tony Lloyd

Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, is backing a scheme which will see more women helped back into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based careers.

Tony said, “We’ve seen an increase in young women studying science, technology, engineering and maths at university, but too many later drop out of those careers because they need to care for children or family members.

“Whilst these types of jobs make up a large proportion of our economy, there is a shortage of STEM employees. This scheme will be helpful for those who have taken long career breaks to care for others and give them the skills and confidence they need to return to work.”

The STEM ReCharge pilot has begun accepting returner applications for the Coaching and Skills Training Programme and employer registrations for the Insight Events. Potential participants, as well as those interested in becoming a return to work mentor, can find out more and apply here.

Returners will benefit from free support through a Return to Work Coaching and Job Skills Training Programme, as well as ReFresh weeks delivered by industry experts. They will also have access to a technology or engineering mentor and monthly support sessions. Employers will have access to Employer Insight Events in Birmingham, Leeds, and Liverpool and will benefit from training on sup-portive returner hiring and inclusive recruitment practices.