Bank of America Merrill Lynch has opened applications for its seventh UK Returning Talent programme for individuals who have been out of work for 12 months or longer.
The programme is a two-tiered one with a conference in January where participants can explore issues relating to returning to work after a period out of the workplace, for instance, due to caring responsibilities. It will be followed by a two-day practical workshop for selected participants looking to transition back to work.
BofAML, in partnership with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, is looking to attract individuals with a financial services background including but not limited to: business, project or relationship management; banking operations; technology; and compliance. It is specifically looking to source suitable candidates from the programme to fill three positions – business analyst, project manager and programmer – for its expanding Bromley-based Controls and Middle Office Technology team.
The conference takes place on 30 January and will give 60 participants the opportunity to explore the changing workplace and the role of the returner in this new office environment through a number of speaker sessions and workshops. Participants will also gain insight into Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a potential employer. Thirty attendees will then be selected to attend the workshops on 6 and 10 February. These are designed to support a transition back to work; offer practical guidance on focusing and managing a career search; provide interview skills sessions and insights into balancing work and home lives; and access to executive coaching. There will also be opportunities for participants to start building their professional connections through a series of networking opportunities with bank employees.
Neeha Khurana, international talent executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: “The launch of our seventh UK Returning Talent programme is not only testament to its success, but also demonstrates the value and importance we place on identifying strong and diverse talent across our business. Through initiatives such as this, we are able to give people at all stages of their lives and careers, the support, confidence and skills to prosper, and the inspiration to succeed in the financial services marketplace.”
Jo Vale, business analyst in Global Markets Operations Technology, took part in the 2016 Returning Talent programme. She said: “After an extended break to raise my children, Returning Talent gave me the opportunity to return to a career I thought I might never re-enter. It helped me to focus on and sell my strengths, and it was a great opportunity to meet others in the same boat. I am thoroughly enjoying being back at work and feel a sense of achievement in having a sustainable work-life balance. I would definitely recommend the programme to others considering a return to work after a career break.”
More than 200 people have now taken part in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s initiative, which was one of the first in the UK. Its pioneering approach, as well as its ongoing commitment to women in the workforce, earned it a Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Award for Career Progression. Many previous participants have gone on to secure roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch or at other firms and the company has an established alumni network of past Returning Talent participants, allowing them to keep in touch, network and share experiences and knowledge.
*The closing date for applications is 6 December. For more details see the company’s Careers site. To apply click here and complete the application form and attach your CV. The one-day conference on 30 January 2017 runs from 9 am–5 pm. The two-day workshop on 6 and 10 February 2017 runs from 9 am–5 pm. All sessions will be hosted at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s City offices in London.