Ramboll launches Return to Work Programme for career break engineering professionals

Ramboll launches Return to Work programme for career break engineering professionals

September 2021

Ramboll, the global engineering, design and consultancy company, has launched its new UK ‘Return to Work’ programme for people who have taken a break from their career in engineering, design, project management or consultancy.

Developed in partnership with Inclusivity Partners, the returning talent experts, Ramboll’s six-month paid programme will allow selected participants to return to their career from where they left off, applying their expertise to exciting projects whilst receiving training, coaching and mentoring throughout to help them have a smooth transition back into the workplace.

Open to applicants with prior experience in the engineering, design and consultancy sectors who have taken a career break of at least 12 months, the programme features 15 specifically ringfenced positions at Ramboll to help support candidates in their return to work. The assessment and selection process will acknowledge the full breadth of a candidate’s experience and understands that breaks should not be career limiting.


As one of the most flexible employers in its field, and among the first to rollout a permanent approach to hybrid working earlier this year, all participants of Ramboll’s Return to Work programme will be able to work in a fully flexible environment right from the start.


Commenting on Ramboll’s Return to Work programme, Philippa Spence, Managing Director of Ramboll UK, said: “People take career breaks for a variety of reasons, but sadly all too often can find themselves excluded for longer than they intended or can struggle upon re-entering the workplace. Our industry is losing valuable talent as a result, an issue it is vital we address. At a time when Ramboll’s team is growing, the Return to Work programme will help us benefit from the experience and expertise of a more diverse talent pool, whilst arming participants with the confidence, opportunity and practical accommodations to return to a career they love”.


Stephanie Dillon, founder of Inclusivity Partners, added: “Career paths rarely follow straight lines: the world has changed. The twists and turns that people’s careers take, including any breaks, are learning opportunities in themselves. Switched on employers are recognising that diversity of experience can make for stronger teams and better solutions.”


The programme is the latest development in Ramboll’s people-focused approach, which was recently recognised by the Association of Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) in an award shortlist for ‘Best Pandemic Response’, acknowledging Ramboll’s agility in transitioning to home working – due to pre-existing flexible working set ups – and protection of employee jobs.


About Ramboll

Ramboll is a global engineering, architecture and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. Our 16,000 experts create sustainable solutions across Buildings; Transport; Water; Environment & Health; Architecture, Landscape & Urbanism; Energy and Management Consulting. Across the world, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase to create sustainable cities and societies. We combine insights with the power to drive positive change to our clients, in the form of ideas that can be realised and implemented. We call it: Bright ideas. Sustainable change.

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