Morgan Sindall offers workers a route back into construction after career break
People wishing to return to the construction and infrastructure sector following a voluntary career break have been offered a lifeline as part of a Returnships programme initiated by Morgan Sindall.
The programme has been developed by Morgan Sindall’s HR director, Dawn Moore, who was recently awarded the Champions Award at the Working Mums 2017 Top Employer Awards in recognition of Morgan Sindall’s commitment to developing a flexible working culture at the company.
Discussing the benefits of the programme, Dawn said, “There are times when many of us may have to take a lengthy career break, whether this is for family or personal reasons. Returning to work after this time can be daunting and our Returnships programme seeks to resolve this.
“Not only will the individual be able to balance their home life with their return through a staged programme, but will also be offered the opportunity to build upon previous experience and develop new skills.”
The company is looking for people at all levels but particularly those with mid to senior management level experience, who have taken a voluntary career break of at least 18 months. Applicants may have left the industry to run their own business, raise children or care for a relative. They may have had an illness themselves which stopped them from working, but are now well enough to return to work.
The closing date for the programme is December 15, a time of year when people look ahead and contemplate new opportunities and challenges for the upcoming year. Having already received a positive response from the industry to date, Morgan Sindall wants to ensure it captures all those who are looking for new opportunities.
Applications will be considered from those who have a genuine interest in working in the sector. Those who have worked in the construction and infrastructure sector previously will be considered alongside those who feel they have the transferrable skills, experience or qualifications from other sectors.
The programme is similar to an intern placement – an initial three month paid placement will be offered, with a view to securing a permanent position. The placement will serve as a staged return, offering the opportunity for individuals to re-engage with working life, initially on a part to full time basis, all the time developing skills and competencies required to work with a leading UK contractor.
The application process will see applicants initially apply online and submit a copy of their CV. Applicants will be invited to an assessment on 30 January at a central location and those successful will be invited to join the Returnships programme on 6 March 2018. Following the placement, if a suitable, permanent position is available the applicant will be offered a full time or flexible working position.
Anyone interested in participating in the Returnships programme can find out more on the Morgan Sindall website.