techUK members dedicated returner programmes
This page features dedicated tech returners programme from techUK's member companies. Formal schemes in the rapidly changing tech sector are designed to support individuals as they transition back into the workplace after a career break, providing the training needed to update technical skills and business awareness, and sometimes offering additional benefits such as mentorship and alternative working arrangements (such as flexible work, part-time options).
The FDM Getting Back to Business Programme facilitates re-entry into the workplace, providing employment opportunities for individuals who have taken a break in their career. This seven week learning and development programme consists of specialist training and ongoing support, building upon leadership and management experience as well as IT and business knowledge. Following completion of the training period, individuals go on to become FDM Consultants, working onsite with one or more of their 180+ prestigious clients for a minimum of two years. After the two years, individuals either transition permanently to the client or remain with FDM as senior Consultants. To find out more click here.
“The programme helped me to find what I wanted to do and provided me with a path to get there. I found each week of training rewarding and all the trainers were extremely supportive. FDM really helped me get back to work, giving me the confidence to continue my career after taking a break to raise my family.”
Helen Van der Straaten, FDM Business Consultant, placed at News UK
“FDM’s Getting Back to Business programme has been really beneficial to News UK and is an excellent way of bringing people and businesses looking for talented and experienced individuals together.”
Paul Wilson, Programme and Portfolio Director News UK
“My main reason for applying to FDM’s Getting Back to Business Programme was due to the difficulties in getting back into the IT job market. I saw the programme as a way to help build my confidence, renew and strengthen my skill sets, and to provide me with the opportunity to get my career back on track. FDM returners are a group of remarkable people who have so much to offer and contribute. We can once again look forward to building successful careers within the IT industry.”
Suzanne Lowe, FDM Consultant, Save the Children
“I have been delighted with Suzanne’s progress since she started at Save the Children. It was immediately apparent that she possessed a wealth of experience in Agile frameworkes (XP and Scrum). Her career break was not a concern due to her past experience in various companies. Her knowledge has been a huge asset to the organisation.”
Michael Grosvenor, Project Office Manager, Save the Children
“The Getting Back to Business Programme complements FDM’s overall business model. Consultants have a wealth of life and business experience, often with a background in in technology, supporting us to successfully deliver results.”
Karl Hoods, CIO, Save the Children
Accenture Break|Through is a new internship programme designed for experienced managers, seeking to return to a career in Technology after a break.
Accenture will give you the re-entry support and training you need to thrive. Over the course of 10 weeks you will receive up to five weeks of comprehensive interpersonal skills and technical training to refresh your knowledge and overcome re-entry barriers. Then you will get an opportunity to put it all into practice in a project based assignment.
If you, or someone in your network, has a passion for technology and is looking to return to work, we want to hear from you.
Please go to www.accenture.com/breakthrough to find out more, register your interest and/or apply today.
Deloitte is accepting applications for its Return to Work supported hire opportunities from professionals who have taken a career break of two or more years. Roles are available at various locations throughout the UK across: Audit & Assurance, Risk Advisory, Tax, Financial Advisory, Consulting and IT Services & HR.
If you want to find out more about the Return to Work supported hiring opportunities, try their frequently asked questions.
Why Deloitte? Find out more about why to choose Deloitte here.
With any queries, please contact: [email protected]
Vodafone has launched ReConnect, a six-month paid programme, including flexible working options. Opportunities are available throughout the business, in areas such as Technology, Commercial, HR, Finance, Legal, External Affairs, Customer Operations and Business Intelligence & Analytics. The programme has multiple roles and locations are flexible around the UK, with the main locations are London and Newbury. There are also opportunities in other areas of Europe, including Greece, Germany, Czech Republic and Ireland. This is an ongoing programme with no fixed start date.
For more information on the programme, the opportunities available, and to apply click here.
For any queries, please email Vodafone directly on [email protected].
Dell Career ReStart welcomes participants into full time, benefited positions, through a supportive, structured program that will help accelerate your transition back into the workforce.
At Dell, we recognize that life is bigger than work; sometimes life calls even the most committed professionals temporarily away from their career. Whether you left the workforce to start a family, care for aging parents, complete graduate study, or another reason unique to you, when you’re ready to return to work, Dell is ready for you!
IBM's global Tech Re-Entry Program is for talented technical professionals who took a break from the workforce and are looking to restart their careers. This paid returnship program will enable you to work on projects that match your expertise, interests, and abilities and could lead to full-time employment.
During your returnship experience, you will have the opportunity to update your skills in a contemporary work environment. You will have access to the latest tools and technologies available and work alongside multi-disciplinary teams to hone your expertise and deliver on client-critical solutions. You'll be able to experience the breadth of IBM resources while updating your expertise, developing new skills and forging new relationships.
Six reasons to join the program
Working in IBM is always about impact, inclusion, and infinite experiences. There are even more great reasons to join the Tech Re-Entry program:
The program offers flexibility and ease of transition from your break to getting back to the workforce.
A dedicated mentor will help you get up-to-speed with the environment and new technology.
Working with multi-disciplinary teams will enable you to deliver client-critical solutions.
You have the opportunity to update your skills and expertise as you work on real projects with real impact.
Your community of like-minded re-joiners will support you as you restart your journey together.
The returnship experience could lead to a full-time employment at IBM after you complete the program. Find out more.
KPMG's Return to Work - Audit programme is about finding diverse, talented professionals with the fresh perspectives that come from taking some time out.
We know it's not easy to get back into work after an extended break, so we'll support you every step of the way. Expect real flexibility along with the mentoring and training you need to find your feet.
When we say we offer flexibility, we really do mean it. All of these roles are internally-focused and designed to help you balance work with your commitments outside it. You can choose to work three or four days a week (one of those days can be remote); or you can opt for a shorter working day, from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
You'll be on a fixed-term, annualised day's contract. To start with, you'll spend a month training before undertaking a mix of training and shadowing in the second month. At the end of the year, if you've enjoyed your experience and made a success of the role, you'll be encouraged to apply for a permanent position with us.
We're looking for ACCA or ACA-qualified people who've worked in Audit in the last 6 years and who share our passion for delivering exceptional levels of quality. Find out how to apply.
dxw is a digital agency that works with the public sector to help build and deliver services that improve people’s lives. We’re looking for talented and experienced people to join our team. We are proud to offer return to work opportunities for those who are looking to re-enter the workplace after an extended period of time away. We have opportunities available within our commercial operations, delivery and strategy teams. We are initially offering a 3-6 month contract, depending on individual circumstances. Once the placement is complete there is the potential to become a permanent member of the team. You’ll be able to get involved in delivering services to the public sector whilst being fully supported as you refresh, test and build on your past skills and experience.
Are you looking to get back into a full time career after having a break? Want to join the world’s leading cloud technology organisation? Amazon Web Services (AWS) has designed the Returners Program to offer people who have been on a career break an opportunity to return to full-time work. The program is designed to help and support you back into a permanent role with the goal of setting you up with the skills and knowledge you need for success.
Following the successful London pilot in 2018, AWS is looking to fill a variety of roles in AWS Sales and Marketing across their London and EU offices.
Explore the opportunities currently available here: AWS Returners Program. These roles will be regularly updated as new opportunities arise. As these are currently open roles, please apply as soon as possible. If you have any queries about the programme please email the AWS team on [email protected]
EY Reconnect is a 12-week programme which offers a supported route back into work following a career break of between two and 10 years. You’ll benefit from specialised inductions and coaching as part of a peer group of fellow returners. It’s an opportunity for you to reconnect with your career, your previous experience and expertise within business. The programme offers roles across Advisory, Assurance, People Services, Tax, and Transactions business services, based in various locations across the UK.
For any queries, please contact [email protected].
4D Data Centres is a colocation, connectivity and cloud provider with data centres in Surrey and Sussex. We have a number of roles available in our data centres in areas such as technical support, software development, marketing, accounting and sales.
We are committed to promoting diversity and equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of society.
While you can find our immediate recruitment needs on our careers page we would encourage any men or women who have had a career break and are considering coming back to work to send your CV to our HR team to be considered for one of our ‘Return to work’ internship programmes.
Back to Business is a 6 month paid senior internship programme, to encourage senior professional women to restart their career after an extended break. We know that returning to work after a long break may not be easy, so we want to make this as successful and enjoyable for you as possible. The programme is designed to help you transition back into the work environment and give you an opportunity to upgrade your skills.
Our Back to Business programme will provide:
- A week long induction
- A dedicated Partner Sponsor
- A member of your assigned team to shadow
- The opportunity to work on real client projects
- Touch points throughout the programme to see how you are getting on
- Potential opportunities to become permanent at the end of the programme
Additional benefits of the programme:
- Develop new relationships
- Broaden your professional networks
- Meet with other programme participants and people in your respective business area.
At Capgemini UK we recognise that the transition from a long career break back into the workplace can be challenging.
The six month “returnship” programme is targeted at those who’ve had a significant career break (usually more than a couple of years), and gives meaningful experience, across our business, in a number of disciplines, with the wraparound of coaching and mentoring support, and a community of others in the same situation. We want to find the right people to work with us, and we know that standard working patterns aren’t right for everyone. So our commitment to you is that if you’re the right person for an opportunity with us, we’ll find a way of working to suit you.
So If you’re interested in joining our amazing organisation, and have had an extended career break (typically more than a couple of years), we’d love to hear from you if you’ve got experience in any of the following areas:
- Project or Programme Management
- Business Analysis
- Software Engineering
- Management Consulting (with experience in one or more of the following sectors: Financial Services, Utilities, Central Government, Consumer Products, Retail)
- Cyber Security
There are a number of roles open for applications, so please visit our [email protected] site for more information. We can’t wait to hear from you!
QA's Return | (Re)Train initiative is a returner programme that supports employees two-fold in returning to work after a career break: offering the opportunity to return, or start, a new role supporting the tech sector.
As the UK’s leading IT and business skills provider (specialising in training, consultancy, apprenticeships and post graduate degrees on a range of technical and leadership subjects), The Return / (Re)Train programme will be offered across QAs state-of-the-art UK-wide training centres – from our Training Academies to flexible online learning provision. The new programme will encourage returning parents to launch new careers in the tech sector and builds upon QA’s unparalleled portfolio of learning solutions.
“Parenting often unlocks a passion for teaching or supporting others,” says Lisa Harrington, Managing Director of QA’s Learning division. “At QA, we’re so excited to be able to offer roles that allow people to follow their passions and impart new skills – and in the growing tech sector, these training roles are in high demand. It’s all part of our commitment to transform lives and careers, upskill the UK’s workforce and help employers fill their tech skills gaps.”
The dedicated programme will help returners harness newly discovered teaching skills and launch rewarding careers in tech, helping delegates and apprentices on IT and business programmes upskill and take the next steps in their own careers. For those who are completely new to teaching, QA will offer fully-funded TAP-accredited training programmes in training delivery. QA has also introduced a new specialised training course for returners to build confidence, leadership and communication skills. Returners also enjoy a phased three-month settling-in period in which they are paired up with a colleague “buddy” for support.
The programme also offers returners flexible working contracts and a 25-day holiday package with the option to buy five additional days. Like all QA employees, returners are also entitled to three days of free training per year from QA’s 1,500+ courses to upskill on any topic they choose. And in such a fast-evolving company, progression opportunities abound.
“Returners offer such an untapped wealth of talent and we value the fresh perspectives and diversity they bring,” says Harrington. “As an education and training provider, we want to set a new standard for attracting, supporting and retraining returners in tech – and turn getting back to work into an exciting experience.”
To find out more about the programme and apply for QA’s live returner roles visit this link.
For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering support. Underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, infrastructure management, and specialist training, they help customers around the world to improve their capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the key market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear.
Babcock Marine is looking for engineers of all levels of experience in the south west of England. We have a number of permanent vacancies which we are looking to fill from participants of this programme.
Our programme incorporates a large amount of 1:1 support and group training with both technical refresher training and confidence boosting soft-skills training- we are focussed on making your transition back into work as easy and comfortable as possible.
If you would like to join our diverse and flexible organisation then we would love to hear from you!
Atos' Return to work Network is a community which supports employees returning from an extended career break by offering them a network of helpful employees who have experienced a similar situation, providing resources and conducting initiatives to facilitate an easier return to work.
Our main objectives are to ;
- Drive a culture which supports people who have been away from work to feel like this has no impact on the potential of their career
- Reduce stigma and enable people to have an open dialogue about issues that affect people when returning to work
- Facilitate an easier return to work
- Grow the Return to Work Network
We have a number of objectives to achieve our mission, from supporting with building a culture of inclusion by creating a network that supports existing diversity networks across the organisation, to driving a culture which supports people who have been away from work to feel like this has no impact on the potential of their career, and to reduce stigma; enabling people to have an open and honest conversation about issues that affect people when returning to work.
Next on the initiatives list in our roadmap are Returnships, which have the potential to support existing employees establish a more diverse team dynamic, through bringing in people from different work backgrounds and life experiences.
This video provides insights to all of this and how we continue to grow our network and resources for returners, to make this a process that is as positive, supportive and enjoyable as possible.
CA Technologies is committed to equality and championing the benefits of a balanced workforce. Digital transformation is impacting every business and with the chronic skills gap, every business is faced with finding the right talent.
techUK’s Returners Hub initiative is a step in the right direction; it will help encourage women back into the workplace and increase the talent pool. We are proud to support this and welcome all applicants. Visit our Careers Page & Careers Portal
The Path Forward Return to Work program at Cloudflare is an 18- week paid internship for experienced professionals returning to the workforce after taking time off for caregiving. The program is open to women and men who have at least 5 years of professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years to focus on caring for a child or other dependent. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply.
At Cloudflare, we are excited to be part of the Path Forward program because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, update your resume with new experience, and make connections with other women and men transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people who’ve been focused on caregiving transition back to the paid workforce.
Visit our Careers page to learn more.
Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, provides one of the most comprehensive portfolios of end-to-end service offerings on the market: consulting, systems integration, software development, infrastructure management and business process services.
We are trusted by leading private and public-sector organisations to deliver successful transformation programmes that address their most complex and critical business challenges. Combining high quality and performance services, added value and innovation, Sopra Steria enables its clients to make the best use of digital technology.
As an organisation committed to equal opportunities and diversity, we welcome applications from returners to the industry. We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial culture, which offers flexible working options and policies, processes and development opportunities designed to enable you to be successful whatever your role.
Our recruitment process commits to:
- respecting and promoting diversity
- making your application process a positive experience
- making the whole process as quick and simple as possible
Diversity drives our ambition at Sage. We are proud to have 48% gender parity, a third of our workforce are millennials and we live and breathe the business benefits of a flexible workforce. To sustain this, we have committed ourselves to a programme of continuous improvement led by our Diversity Director - and driven by every single one of our colleagues. We strive to create a culture of opportunity and inclusion and are devoted to encouraging more talent into our sector.
We are acutely aware that there is a very sought after talent pool in the technology sector and we have to do whatever we can to increase the size of it if we are to enable our business to thrive and if we are to enable this country to become a digital nation of significance. Specific emphasis is on challenging ourselves to do more and we have vigorous communities inside our business which initially supported STEM subjects for after-school clubs but are branching out to include mums and dads too! More and more we are realising that rather than waiting for the children in the car, dragging parents into the classroom too could be the way forward – and stimulating their continued engagement is a way of creating interest and involvement across the whole family. The power of having access to subject matter training whilst their children are doing their own learning is a massive opportunity.
So with that context, Sage is extremely proud to encourage women returners and working parents by offering a number of flexible working options, part time hours, between school hours 10-2pm, term time working and the opportunity to work from home when required in many roles. We offer childcare vouchers via a tax efficient scheme to both male and female employees to support early years and after school care. Never one to shy away from policy issues, we also work alongside government to promote and highlight the accessible childcare agenda hosting business and government events in our London Bridge office to discuss the issue and to drive more action around the initiative to champion the cause of diversity and inclusion.
We recognise that confidence can be an issue when returning to work. So, experience has taught us to offer comprehensive inductions and training programmes – for example, for all telephone-based roles, with full product training is provided, so that even if women have been out of work for a while (sometimes years), if they have basic IT skills we can develop them to be confident and successful. Grounded in the North East, we pride ourselves on being highly practical and inclusive and we work very hard to encourage applicants from all backgrounds and ages to join us.
Also on offer is a comprehensive apprentice programme, which from 2017 won't just apply to young people but to anyone who wants to start a career in technology. We’re also showing our passion and belief in this area with the recent introduction of a shadow board from a group of our apprentices and rising stars to challenge the direction of travel for the business and we are certainly learning a lot! #FeedbackIsAGift
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Do you want to return to a career in Software Engineering? Do you have previous coding experience in
Java? Have you been on a career break, or working in another sector for more than a year?
We are looking for people who want to return to a career in Software Engineering. If you have good, but perhaps rusty experience in Java programming and would like to return to a rewarding coding role in a highly supportive environment, then American Express is the place for you.
We are looking for high performing and enthusiastic returning Software Engineers to join the Technology Returners’ Programme at American Express, Burgess Hill. The Returners’ programme is an up to 22 month programme especially designed as a platform to a full-time role at American Express.
Your primary software development experience will be using Java Technologies. You will be joining a team of experienced Java programmers who will support your return to a coding career. You will be paired with a mentor, and allocated time for self-lead learning while you build your skills back up.
Our engineers’ responsibilities include:
- Writing clean, tested and monitored scalable code
- Working with Product Owners to prioritise features for ongoing sprints
- Working with Quality Engineers to ensure automated test scripts are incorporated for new features
- Performing all technical aspects of software development for assigned applications, including developing prototypes, writing new code and creating APIs
- Designing and building integration components and interfaces in collaboration with Architects and Infrastructure Engineers as necessary
American Express is a global service company, providing customers with exceptional access to products and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Each day, we make it easier, safer and more rewarding for consumers and businesses to purchase the things they need and for merchants to sell their goods and services, enabling them to do and achieve more.
We’re committed to becoming the world’s most respected service brand and daily deliver extraordinary service to our customers, constantly reinventing our ways of working to ensure we offer rich rewards that redefine expectations for our clients and ourselves.
We place great importance on doing what is right, what is best and what is innovative. And we continue to seek people to champion these values and beliefs as we grow. The world’s a big place, filled with big ideas and amazing people. And we want the best of them here at American Express. We’re interested in where you came from, but we’re even more excited about where you will go with American Express.
We welcome applications from less well represented groups. American Express is committed to the diversity of our workforce. We have strong employee networks such as Women in Technology, Pride, Black and Asian Network, Families at Amex and Disability Awareness Network and we welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or age.
To find out more click here.
To complete your application please send your CV to [email protected] or, if you require any assistance with the completion of this process – or need any reasonable adjustments to be made – then please contact the Recruitment Team on [email protected] or 00800 83 000038.
The Bank of England is partnering with Women Returners to launch their second Career Returners Programme for experienced professionals who have had a career break of two or more years. The Career Returners Programme offers a paid six-month placement, starting in September 2019, with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the assignment. There are roles on offer within the Prudential Regulation Authority, the Legal Directorate and the Technology Directorate, located in the Bank’s London offices. The closing date for applications is 26 April 2019.
For more information on the programme, the opportunities available, and to apply click here.
Frank Recruitment Group recognises that returning to work after a career break can be challenging. In light of this, we've teamed up with Microsoft to deliver a return-to-work initiative ready to propel business technology professionals with ERP and CRM experience into a new role within IT consultancy.
The 16-week Diversity in Dynamics paid returnship is targeted at people looking to reignite their IT career. Participants will undertake extensive Dynamic 365 training created by Microsoft, and hands-on, practical on-site training with a Microsoft Gold partner.
On completion of the training, there is the expectation that participants will receive an offer of a permanent position with a Microsoft partner.
To find out more about how the Diversity in Dynamic programme can restart your career, and to register your interest, head over to Nigel Frank.
Fidelity has launched their fifth New Horizons Returner Programme. The opportunities are based in
Kingswood, Surrey within the Global Platform and Advisory business. The paid returnship runs for 20 weeks starting in May/June 2018, with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the assignment. The application deadline is 1 April 2018.
For more information on the programme, the opportunities available, and to apply, see:
Are you ready to re-launch your career through our Technology Returners programme in the UK?HSBC is investing in the latest technology to make banking simpler, faster and more secure. We are looking for professionals to help us transform the world’s leading international bank and deliver great experiences to customers across the world.
Our Technology Returners programme is designed to support experienced technologists, who have taken a career break for more than 12 months, to re-enter the workforce at HSBC. As part of the programme, you will be invited to an exclusive returner’s event to explore suitable technology roles aligned with your career aspirations. Upon joining HSBC, you will be offered a tailored induction, followed by the opportunity to join a live project from day one. You will be matched with a buddy, a mentor and a work coach to answer your questions, helping you build your professional network and navigate around the bank.As an HSBC employee in the UK, you will have access to tailored professional development opportunities and a competitive pay and benefits package. This includes private healthcare for all UK-based employees, enhanced parental and adoption pay and support when you return to work, and a contributory pension scheme with a generous employer contribution.
The deadline for applications is 19 April 2019. Apply here.
Ofcom is partnering with Women Returners to offer their second Returners Programme. Applications are welcome from professional individuals who have taken a career break of two years or more. The opportunities can be based in various UK locations, including London and Edinburgh, for individuals with experience in the following areas: Policy, Spectrum, Enforcement, Economics, Economic regulation, Consulting, Law and industry expertise within the communications sector. The paid programme runs for 6 months starting June 2019, with flexible working options. The application deadline is 14 April 2019.
For more information on the programme, the opportunities available, and to apply see here.
This new six-month programme is aimed at anyone who’s taken a career break of a year or more and who wants to re-immerse themselves back into professional life.
This opportunity is aimed at women and men of all ages, from all backgrounds, who have taken time out of work for at least the last twelve months. Perhaps you’ve been raising a family or caring for someone. Maybe you’ve put your career on hold to deal with a personal setback.
Now, although you may still have personal commitments to juggle, you feel ready to re-establish your career. You’re looking for an engaging role that fits your personal commitments and befits your professional experience.
We’re looking for people who’ve already made a positive start to their careers following graduation and who want to make the most of their professional expertise or leadership potential.
You’ll need to be eligible to work in the UK, available to join us in the office for the equivalent of three days a week and have knowledge, skills and experience that align to at least one of the disciplines participating including:
- IT Project Management or IT Advisory
- Corporate Accounting & Treasury Management
- Geology & Geophysics
- Reservoir Engineering
We encourage you to use this opportunity to explore if a career in Shell is right for you. During the programme you will be able to continue to apply for permanent roles in Shell depending on availability.
If you are able to identify critical issues, apply creative and innovative solutions to real world challenges, engage with a wide range of stakeholders and are passionate about taking the next step in your career, we encourage you to apply today!
Virgin Money is delighted to launch its ReCareer Programme, dedicated to talented professionals who are returning to work following a career break.
What is the ReCareer Programme?
The 13-week ReCareer Programme is specifically designed to provide a supported route back to work for career returners. It is a 13-week paid professional internship. The programme is open to all and specifically aspires to encourage women back into the workforce after taking time out and who are now keen to return to their careers.
In addition to joining a team and taking on a valuable and significant piece of work, the ReCareer Programme also incorporates tailored returner coaching, mentoring and induction to support you in your transition. Technical training is provided to ensure you are up to speed on any industry or professional changes. There will be the opportunity to network internally with senior members of the organisation, and a buddying system to ensure your enjoyment of the programme. Flexible working is available and it is the aim of the programme to offer you a permanent position at the end, although this is not guaranteed. There will be a one week break in the programme coinciding with the half-term school holiday.
Virgin Money is particularly interested to hear from career returners with Technology backgrounds.