Lloyds Banking Group has become the latest company to launch a nationwide Returners programme, supporting senior women and men who have been out of the workplace for more than two years to return to employment.
The Returners programme starts today with 10 women and five men. They will work across client facing, change management and delivery roles. The scheme is being launched across the country, with a third of the roles being offered outside of London, in Edinburgh, Halifax and Manchester.
The programme will also be unique by having a focus on agile working, with a number of new positions being undertaken by returners on reduced and flexible hours. After an initial 10-week placement, there is the possibility of a permanent position in the company.
Lloyds says the programme supports its vision to build a workforce which reflects its customer base. In 2014, the Group made a public commitment in the Helping Britain Prosper Plan to having 40% of roles filled by women by 2020, and the Returners initiative is designed in part to enable senior female talent into the business.
Fiona Cannon OBE, director of Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We are delighted to launch our Returners programme, which reaches beyond just London to give senior people a structured route back into the workplace. We believe that diversity and inclusion brings about richness of thought and better business decisions, and it is important that we reflect the whole of the country as an organisation. Many men and women across the UK take time from work during their career, and this programme is designed to re-connect with a wealth of talent.”