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Bank of America Merrill Lynch is opening applications for its eighth UK Returning Talent programme for those who have been out of the workforce for 12 months or longer.
The programme, which is run in partnership with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, is looking to attract individuals with a financial services background, including but not limited to sales, trading, structuring and research, banking operations, technology, finance and project and change management. The company plans to source suitable candidates from the programme to fill several London-based positions.
The programme will begin with a conference giving 50 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, panel events and workshops. Participants will also gain insight into Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a potential employer.
Twenty five attendees will then be selected to attend two full-day workshops 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 give access to executive coaching. There will also be opportunities for participants to start building their professional connections through a series of networking sessions with bank employees.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of the pioneers of returner programmes for experienced professionals and has won several awards for its work on career progression for women, most recently Workingmums.co.uk’s Top Employer Award for Career Progression. Since then, the returner programme has expanded with sessions now running in Chester and Dublin. More than 300 people have taken part in this initiative, with many going on to secure roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch or at other firms.
Among those who have taken part in the programmes is Nicola Salvatore, Senior business control specialist, Global Markets Operations, EMEA. She said: “BofAML’s programme helped me understand the environment I was going back to and establish a practical plan for doing so. Meeting senior management at the bank and receiving advice about job hunting and balancing a new role with family commitments was invaluable.”