Cummins and STEM Returners form new partnership to power people back into the STEM industry

Cummins Inc. has formed a new partnership with STEM Returners to support its RePower programme, which is 6 months, paid and benefitted returnship opportunity.

STEM Returners will use its wealth of experience and established networks to bring returners to the RePower programme which was launched last year and acts as a returnships, allowing candidates to be reintegrated into an inclusive environment upon their return to STEM.

The roles will be based at Cummins sites in Huddersfield, Daventry and Darlington and available to people who have had a career break for two years or more.

STEM Returners, a leading organisation in the UK in returner programmes, will provide returners with additional support including advice, career coaching, and mentoring; ensuring applicants are ready and confident to return to work.

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Annual research from STEM Returners (The STEM Returners Index) shows the challenges people who have had career break face, when trying to return – recruitment bias being the main barrier to entry. Sixty-six percent of STEM professionals on a career break say they are finding the process of attempting to return to work either difficult or very difficult and that nearly half (46%) of participants said they felt bias because of a lack of recent experience.

Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners said: “Over the years, we have seen how hard it can be for people who have had a career break to return to STEM so it is positive to see leading organisations like Cummins launch their own programmes to support this talented pool of people back into the industry.

“We are very proud to be entering this new partnership with Cummins, to support their RePower programme. Only by working together, 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.”

Cummins is internationally known for specialising in diesel and alternative fuel engines and generators, and last year the factory in Darlington celebrated a historic landmark: its 1.5 millionth mid-range engine.

“Expanding our partnership to encourage more people to get involved in the RePower programme is music to my ears! We’re excited to connect with returners and provide them with a great experience in getting acclimated with being back in the professional environment.” says, Aisha Myrick, Cummins RePower Programme Manager.

STEM Returners has recently launched the 2023 STEM Returners Index, an annual survey to understand STEM professionals’ experiences of trying to re-enter the sector after a career break. The STEM Returners Index is open to all STEM professions who have had a gap in their career or who are attempting to return to work or who have recently returned to work and will enable STEM Returners to further understand the barriers people face, track the progress UK STEM industries are making, and shine a light on the change needed to create fair opportunities for all.

Since STEM Returners first launched in 2017, more than 310 STEM Returners candidates have joined programmes across the UK.

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