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McLaren F1 launches STEM programme for women

January 18 2023 - News Release News Editorial

McLaren F1 Team and Entain global gaming group are launching a joint programme designed to help reignite the careers of women returning to roles in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

McLaren F1 launches STEM programme for women

The partners’ Returnship programme will see an initial cohort of 10 Returnship places created, offering unique opportunities and experience at either Entain or the McLaren F1 Team over a six-month period.

They said the programme is designed to suit different women at different stages in their career, with successful candidates being 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. Example placement roles span from software engineers and back-end developers to data scientists and design engineers, with the full list available on the programme’s website.

The partners said they are acting because, despite the representation of women in STEM steadily increasing in the UK, there remains a significant gender imbalance as just 26% of STEM graduates are women, and only 24% of the STEM workforce are women.

"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.” McLaren Racing chief executive Zak Brown

McLaren and Entain said they are seeking candidates who have been unemployed, underemployed or reskilling for at least three months, with at least two years’ prior professional experience and with STEM focused qualifications or experience.

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