Pension consultancy firm Redington has launched a ten-week return to work programme, focused on allowing women that have taken a career break to return to work. The programme, which is run in team with 'The Return Hub', provides a combination of mentoring, workshops and on-the-job engagements to support women return to work.
Programmes that allow people that have needed to take a break from their career, for various reasons, from parenting to illness, to return to work are being increasingly offered across the businesses globally. Professional services firm are on board with the initiative, with a number of firms announcing programme, including KPMG's 'Return to Work', PwC 'Back to Business' and A.T. Kearney's 'Encore', among others.
Such programmes offer a host of benefits to stakeholders. Former employees are supported back into work through supporting initiatives that focus on professional development in line with industry changes, while employers are able to tap into a rich stream of talent in an increasingly tough employment market for key skills. The practice too plays a role in reducing gender inequality at the top of business be offering a means of boosting senior pipelines.
Redington, a London-based pensions consulting firm, recently announced that it will be formally delivering a return to work programme, titled ‘Redington Returners’. The new programme follows from a successful pilot project run last year. The programme is specifically targeted at women that have been out of the work environment for some time.
The programme is being run with back to work transition firm The Return Hub, which was founded by Dominie Moss, an experienced City headhunter. The firm specialises in supporting women return to work, in line with the government’s intention to support women looking to return to work following a career break.
The pilot programme ran for ten-weeks and involved five women. The programme involved the women being paired up with a mentor, as well as a range of professional development workshops. The women were also integrated into the wider running of the firm in a structured way, allowing them to relive past experiences, learn new techniques as well as make contributions to running projects and the wider everyday working of the firm.
The expanded scheme will see the firm create ongoing roles for women that took part in the pilot programme, as well as open up additional opportunities for women to join future programmes.