Announced on International Women’s Day, techUK has created a returners resource hub to provide information for companies about running a returners scheme, and for individuals looking to get back into work after a long career break.
The launch follows statistics which suggest that almost 2 million women in the UK are currently economically inactive due to caring commitments, and 76 per cent of professional women on career breaks want to return to work.
Following a successful programme pilot, techUK identified the need for a central hub of information for tech returners, and teamed up with members and partners to create resource centre.
Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK president, said the need equip the workforce for the digital age is urgent, and the hub will be a great resource for both men and women looking to reskill for a different role.
She said: “It is essential that the UK reinvents itself as a digital nation of significance. To do this, the UK desperately needs greater, and more diverse talent.
“There is an urgent need to build tech skills and equip workforces for the digital age – and I believe techUK’s Returners Hub has a key role to play.
“This hub will be a great centralised resource for women, and men, who are looking to get back into their careers into to tech or reskill into a new technical role.
“By shining a light on returners, we can attract, retain, and progress more top female tech talent and continue to move the dial on the issue of diversity in tech.”
The returners website will focus on four keys areas:
- Tech companies currently running returner programmes;
- Tech companies who do not run specific returners programmes, but are open to receiving applications from people who have had a career break;
- Resources for returners, including free courses, training materials, books, and mentorship programmes;
- Training organisations that can assist tech companies with the diversity agenda and creating a returners programme.
Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer of FDM Group which runs the Getting Back to Business Programme said: “We’re delighted to support the launch of techUK’s Returners’ Hub.
“Since we launched our Getting Back to Business programme we have received over 2,000 applications from high calibre individuals who are eager to return to work and re-start their careers; there is clearly a demand for programmes like ours.
“It’s vitally important for UK businesses to recognise the value of introducing returners into their teams if the UK is going to remain competitive and fulfil our increasing digital skills requirements.”