Johnson Controls, provider of building and energy-storage solutions and technologies, has launched a program to help women who have been out of the workforce for two or more years find employment that makes use of their analytic and engineering skills.

The Next Chapter program provides employment opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields who are returning to the workforce after a two- or more-year break in their careers.

Next Chapter is an extension of a larger STEM Re-entry Task Force initiative driven by the Society of Women Engineers and iRelaunch, a career re-entry firm.

Women selected for the Next Chapter program receive a customized eight-week “experienced onboarding” process. In addition to serving as part of a project team, participants receive training to close any knowledge gaps, are exposed to networking opportunities, and receive a dedicated coach/mentor.

“Our industry has faced challenges in attracting and retaining women in STEM positions,” Linda Chapin, vice president human resources, Buildings Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls, said. “Johnson Controls is in a unique position to drive change in this area. Our Next Chapter program is an important step toward this transformation.”

Successful candidates will be able to draw on a support system led by the Women’s Resource Network, a business resource group that harnesses the power, influence, and intelligence of Johnson Controls women employees to establish a community fostering professional development and mentoring.

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