As part of this pilot which will be open to employers across the underwater sector, the ECITB will provide funding for 10 returners to encourage in-scope employers across the underwater sector to take part in, and benefit from, the programme. The usual cost to an employer, per returner, is £3,500+VAT.
The ECITB will provide funding for up to 2 returners per employer dependent on the number of returners an employer agrees to support. Funding will be accessed through the usual MSP grant funding mechanism. This funding stream is not linked to your annual grant entitlement.
The programme will begin its employer/candidate matching process in January-February 2024, so interested employers are invited to register their interest with the ECITB by 29th December 2023.
As part of programme, employers must commit to offering selected candidates a paid 12-week work placement which has the potential to lead to a permanent role. Alongside the experience gained from the work placement, STEM Returners will also provide support for the candidate in advice, career coaching, networking opportunities and mentoring.
Supporting this programme will benefit employers in the following ways:
- Target a new talent pool of highly qualified and experienced candidates
- Demonstrate your commitment to achieving diversity and equality
- Innovative response to an identified industry wide problem
- Reduce new hire recruitment risk through an extended trial period
If you are interested in taking part in this exciting new pilot, please come along to our online awareness sessions on Tuesday 17th October 2023, and Thursday 30th November 2023. For more information, and to register for an awareness session, please contact your Account Manager or Michelle Taylor, Careers & Inclusion Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
 Employers can be undertaking projects in any offshore domain including oil and gas, offshore wind, CCUS, hydrogen, tidal/wave provided there is an underwater/subsea element.