Mace, the global construction and consulting firm, has now joined the scheme, creating 12-week internships in their construction delivery and major programmes teams for qualified engineers who have taken a career break and want to return to the profession. The company is interested in hearing from those who have been on a career break for two or more years and have previously worked as an engineer, particularly women who have taken time out of their careers to raise children.
Mace will work with candidates to support their transition back into engineering by providing a full induction on commencement, access to a mentor, career training sessions and 1-2-1 support. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on a significant assignment based on their skills, experience, interests and preferred location for a period of up to 12-weeks. Projects could include the Great Western Electrification Programme, A14 Improvement Scheme, Trans Pennine Tunnel, London Heathrow, Jaguar Land Rover, A303 tunnel and Affinity Water.
The deadline for applications to the paid Mace returnships is 14 October.
ICE is working across the civil engineering sector as part of its Civils Comeback scheme to encourage more companies to get involved in offering opportunities across a variety of different sectors.
Seán Harris, ICE Director of Membership, commented: “Our industry needs more engineers in our offices and on site. We cannot rely only on new graduates and apprentices to fill the gap; we also need qualified engineers who have left the industry – as well as those who have the skills, experience and qualifications, to pick up where they left off.
“Returning to work after a career break can be daunting, so we have designed internships to help make up for lost time, as well as guiding individuals back into a professional working environment. To help our former colleagues return to engineering, the internships will help build confidence and smooth their transition back into engineering teams.”
Tracey Locke, Director of Human Resources at Mace, said: “We all know that there’s a skills shortage in construction and that we need a more diverse workforce and to bring more women into the industry. Our returnships programme in partnership with the ICE offers people who have perhaps taken time out from their careers with the support they need to get back into the workplace, building their confidence and helping us to deliver better projects for our clients.”
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The Mace returnships can be accessed via the Civils Comeback scheme.