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Deloitte has made its returner programme part of its year-round recruitment process.
Deloitte has announced plans to roll its Return to Work programme into its year-round recruitment process.
Previously the programme accepted returners every six months and they took part in a 25-week internship with the possibility of this leading to a permanent role. The change means candidates can apply for a job as soon as they are ready to re-start their careers.
The programme is aimed at anyone who has taken an extended career break of two years or more. Deloitte says all its returner roles will now be advertised through its main recruitment pages and will be offered on a permanent basis, unless they are for a specific project. Successful applicants will be given support to refresh their skills and boost their professional confidence through bespoke training in areas like IT and personal development.
Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said: “We were the first professional services firm to launch a Return to Work programme in 2015 and these changes we are bringing in are an important progression in how we help people get back into the workplace.
“Anything business can do to remove barriers to employment and provide support to people who have had time away from work is critical. That’s why we’re making Return to Work a central part of our year-round recruitment drive alongside a range of bespoke training and tailored coaching.
“By opening up Return to Work opportunities throughout the year we hope to increase the number of talented returners coming into Deloitte each year.”
The move is part of a wider discussion about the need to normalise career breaks, recognising also that returners may need specific support to get back into the workplace. Workingmums.co.uk is publishing a new white paper on returners tomorrow which highlights the latest discussions on best practice in this area.