First returner programme in gaming and motor sports industries launched

A new returner programme for women in STEM is the first in the motor sports and gaming industries.

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The first returner programme aimed at women in STEM in the gaming and motor sports world has been launched today.

Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group, and the McLaren F1 Team are launching applications for their joint returnship programme for women returning to roles in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  The programme is described as the only one of its kind and a first for both industries.

The aim is to address the imbalance of women in STEM careers through changing the perceptions of careers in STEM and opening up more opportunities for women to pursue careers in the field.  Figures show only 24% of the STEM workforce are women.

Entain says 26% of sports bettors globally are now female and F1 continues to experience a rise in female fans, with approximately 40% of fans now female so the industry is keen to reflect the customer experience by having a diverse workforce.

Jette Nygaard-Andersen, Entain’s CEO, said: “The fusion of technology, sport and entertainment, and desire to support talented women re-entering the workforce meant that launching this brand-new programme with our partner, McLaren, is an obvious step. We share a passion and commitment for giving women a platform to reignite their careers in STEM and hope that through this programme, we not only support a generation of ambitious women now but inspire future generations of girls to land their dream STEM role.”

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, added: “We are excited to be launching the first returnship of its kind within F1 in partnership with Entain. This is an opportunity to drive real change within the Engineering and Technology industries and is part of our overall commitment to making STEM careers more accessible to all, and to having 40% of our employees from under-represented backgrounds by 2030.”

As part of the programme, an initial cohort of 10 returnship places will be created at either Entain or the McLaren F1 Team over a six-month period. Successful candidates will be supported by a 1-1 transitional coach specialising in returning to work, flexible working, networking with senior executives and an opportunity to discuss permanent role opportunities after the six-month programme. Placement roles could be in anything from software engineering and back-end development to data science and design engineering.

Candidates should have been unemployed, underemployed or been in training for another careers for at least three months, have at least two years of prior professional experience and have STEM-focused qualifications or experience or a personal and provable passion for technology/data/engineering



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