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PwC has become the latest employer to launch a returner initiative for professionals who have taken a career break.
Its ‘Back to Business’ initiative is a 12-week programme to help people back into the workplace after an extended career break. The programme aims to encourage females back into the workplace who have taken time out and are keen to return to work, but is open to men and women.
It will start with a week-long induction to provide training and support. People will be assigned a dedicated manager to work with them to set and achieve objectives. The programme offers the chance for people to work on client-facing work based on their expertise, interests and skills and the opportunity to explore the range of careers offered at PwC with a view to potentially returning to a more permanent role.
The programme is starting in the firm’s Deals business, which provides business recovery, corporate finance, forensic and transaction services to a wide range of clients from SMEs to multinationals.
Gaenor Bagley, head of people at PwC, said: “Our ‘Project 28-40’ research into women and the workplace shows that many women on career breaks would like to return to work, but are pessimistic about their prospects of progressing and often feel isolated. We are looking to tackle those beliefs head on and help women feel confident as they resume their careers, with support at every step of the way.
“Many women who have had time out of the workplace to raise a family may feel that they are being overlooked by recruiters due to the gap in their CV. Our programme is designed to address people’s experience gap and provide another route to get talented people back into the workplace.
Brian Lochead, people leader for PwC’s deals practice, said: “We believe Back to Business will provide a sustainable pool of talent at an experienced level and will help build our pipeline of future women leaders. We value difference and want to break down the pre-conceptions that it can be harder for women to progress in a deals environment.
“Even though the programme has been designed with women in mind, the programme is open to anyone who has been out of the workplace for more than two years and we want to hear from a wide range of people.”