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06 October 2022

Petrofac launches new jobs scheme to help engineers overcome career break bias

Petrofac, a leading provider of services to the global energy industry, has formed a partnership with STEM Returners to help engineers get back into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related work after a career break.

STEM Returners will source people with skills across multiple engineering disciplines, including electrical, mechanical, instrument and process to join Petrofac’s teams in Aberdeen.

The four fully paid placements allow people to be re-integrated into an inclusive environment upon their return to work.

Research by STEM Returners revealed the challenges people who have had a career break face. Recruitment bias is the main barrier to entry, and this programme ensures people bypass that potential hurdle.

Natalie Desty, Director of STEM Returners said:

"We are very proud to be entering this new partnership with Petrofac, to return highly skilled people back into the industry they love. Only by partnering with industry leaders like Petrofac, 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."

Richard Cook, Operations Director for Petrofac's Global Technical Services, said:

"We're excited to partner with STEM Returners. We know that life sometimes gets in the way, and it can be daunting to get back into a technical role, which is why we're looking to support and encourage talented people back into the energy industry. Petrofac strives to create an environment where our people can thrive in a culture irrespective of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, background and approach. This partnership and other initiatives are helping to transform our business into a place that promotes diversity and inclusion worldwide."

Find out more about our partnership and view  our available roles here.