A new programme offering “returnship” placements in the financial sector is urging women finishing a career break to apply.
The scheme will give 40 experienced, financial services professional women the opportunity to build their confidence and update their skills with the aim of helping them get back into skilled employment.
Prudential and TSB have already committed to the initiative, which will offer returners a three month paid placement with an employer, with a possibility of ongoing employment at the end of the programme.
Women Returners Ltd have been awarded £48,500 of Scottish Government funding for the Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme.
Positions will be secured and advertised by the end of October and the two cohorts, in Glasgow and Edinburgh, will start their placements in early 2018.
Hazel Little, coaching and programme manager at Women Returners, said: ” The talent pool is largely untapped in Scotland and organisations are missing out on a great source of experienced, qualified and diverse candidates.
“We believe that the success of the programme will demonstrate the business benefit of hiring returners to financial services organisations throughout Scotland.
“Following an extended career break, it can be very intimidating trying to get back into work.
“Many women who are highly skilled, well-qualified and with considerable business experience struggle to find the right opportunities.
“Returnships give women the opportunity to make a positive contribution to an organisation while updating their skills and being supported with coaching and mentoring.
“These placements give both returnees and businesses the opportunity to test whether it’s the right move in a low-risk, supportive environment.”
She urged women who have completed their career breaks and want to return to work to think about applying, and also called on financial organisations to consider the programme.
Employers and returners can register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more about the programme via the website http://wrpn.womenreturners.com/returners-to-financial-services-scotland-programme/