Our Returnship programme aims to help you return to work with confidence by refreshing your skills and offering an effective transition.
You’ll receive mentoring and coaching support as well as training and updating technical skills where relevant.
The Returnship programme is similar to an intern placement – you’ll be paid during the three month placement with a view to securing a permanent position with us at the end of the placement.
The Returnship programme is for people with management to senior management level experience, who have taken a voluntary career break of at least 18 months. We are also interested in hearing from people at all levels who have taken a career break but have experience / qualifications in construction, infrastructure or related industries.
You may have left the industry to run your own business or taken a career break to raise children. You may have had an illness which stopped you working, but you are now well enough to return to work or you may have stopped work to care for a relative.
Experience of construction and infrastructure is not a pre-requisite for every role – but a genuine interest in our sector is.
You’ll be keen to return to work for a leading UK construction and infrastructure company which works on projects from small works and repair and maintenance, to the design and delivery of complex construction and engineering projects.
Recruitment for our next Returnships programme has started – please click here to register your interest. The next Morgan Sindall Returnship placements will start in early 2019.
The programme recruitment process works as follows:
You’ll be asked to complete an online application and upload your CV. If your initial application is successful you’ll be asked to complete a personality profiling questionnaire. The next step is to attend our assessment.
Following the assessment, successful applicants will be invited to join the Returnship programme. The Returnship programme will run for three months – you must be available three days a week during the first month, four days a week during month two and five days a week during month three. The programme is set up to offer you a phased return to work and will include specially selected training modules to enhance your confidence in returning to the workplace.
Following the placement, if you’re offered a permanent position with us you’ll be able to work in either a full time position or a flexible working arrangement can be agreed.
Marta Placencia – Returnship case study
In August 2014, I decided to make one of my dreams a reality: Taking a career break to travel around the world. I travelled for 18 months around 29 countries in Africa, South and Central America and Asia.
Overall it was an amazing experience which taught me new perspectives and an understanding of different cultures and ways of living.
Among the challenges I accomplished were collaborating on two volunteering projects in India and Bolivia, climbing a 5,920 metre volcano in Bolivia, riding a motorbike through India and Mongolia, negotiated the process of buying a car in Panama and selling it back in Guatemala (after driving it through Central America), travelling through East Africa (from Ethiopia to Cape Town) using public transport as well as writing a travel blog.
In April 2016 I moved to London and my daughter was born in August that year. Since then, until joining the Returnship Programme, I was taking care of her on a full-time basis, which was a very rewarding experience.
In October 2017 I decided it was the right time to go back to work so I started looking into new opportunities.
I had experience in working in the construction and infrastructure sector having worked for a tier one contractor in Ireland as an Estimator, preparing tenders from £1 to £35 million. I also worked in Spain for four years for a leading international main contractor as part of a major high-speed rail project. I knew I wanted to return to the sector, but when I started looking and sending my CV to companies and recruitment agencies, I came up against two barriers – the first, that my work experience in the sector was outside of the UK and secondly, that I had been out of the workplace for 3.5 years.
During this time I had two interviews, but one was cancelled at the last minute without any reason, the other I was questioned about my career break at my second interview and I didn’t hear back from the employer when I asked for feedback.
After these experiences I started to look for a return to work programme, and saw an article in trade press and on the Institution of Chartered Engineers’ website about the programme at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure.
The recruitment process was very positive. The process and key dates were made clear upon application so I could organise my time in advance. I also liked the atmosphere at the assessment day and the way in which it was conducted. The way the company made us feel comfortable, made me feel that it was a well organised programme.
Like in any new job, you feel you want to be the best of yourself as a professional, but also the best as a wife and mum. You feel you don’t have time for it all, but you learn how to handle everything and enjoy the most from each role. The Returnship Programme was a phased return to employment over three months, from three to five days per week. It was really helpful to do this, and find that balance. The company also offered all successful applicants practical family-friendly help and support.
I also had the support from a senior colleague in the first two months who helped me get up to date with the UK market, he was a very good guide and mentor.
I feel very lucky and proud to have been given the opportunity to join the programme.
I was offered a permanent position after the placement and I now work four days a week which I think is a good commitment with the company and for a career progression; and I can enjoy one day with my daughter.
I would advise everyone to apply and give themselves the opportunity of going back to work and having this great experience of being part of a company where you are not just a number.
Compared to my home country I think construction and engineering in the UK is much more flexible and Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure is making a real difference in our industry, giving support to those who want to pursue a good work-life balance.
For more information about this case study or the Returnships programme, please contact Laura Bradley, Head of Communications at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure on 01788 534638 or email email@example.com.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Returnship programme
Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure has recently opened its second Returnship programme for applications. The initial scheme, which was successfully launched in October 2017, saw over ninety applicants with a range of skills and experience apply to return to employment after a voluntary career break of 18 months or more. 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 programme is similar to an internship – an initial three month paid placement is 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 and refreshing skills and competencies required to return to work.
Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd
Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure is a UK construction and infrastructure business with a network of local offices. The company works for private and public sector customers on projects and frameworks from £50,000 to over £1 billion. Activities range from small works and repair and maintenance, to the design and delivery of complex construction and engineering projects where it is able to provide specialist design, tunnelling, utilities, building, civil engineering and mechanical and electrical services. The company operates across the commercial, defence, education, energy, healthcare, industrial, leisure, retail, transport and water markets. Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of c£2.8 billion and which operates through six divisions of Construction & Infrastructure, Fit Out, Property Services, Partnership Housing, Urban Regeneration and Investments.