All of our sponsors look forward to meeting you and talking informally with you at the conference. Whatever stage you are along your journey back-to-work, our sponsors invite you to speak with them, so please do take this opportunity. You will find an overview of each organisation and their returner programmes below:
Amazon Web Services
In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services — now commonly known as cloud computing. Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 165 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers in 190 countries —including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com
One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with your business. With the Cloud, businesses no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes and deliver results faster.
AWS Returners Programme: The AWS Returners Program is designed to support individuals on a career break with a seamless transition back into employment, providing all the skills and knowledge needed to relaunch your career.
Bloomberg is the global leader in business and financial data, news and insight. Using the power of technology, they connect the world’s decision makers to accurate information on the financial markets – and help them make faster, smarter decisions. Many companies search for a purpose. Bloomberg was born with one: to change the world for the better. It’s there in their products, which started a revolution in financial markets that reverberates to this day. It’s felt by their people, who they invest in through every stage of their careers. And it’s proven by their philanthropy, which transforms lives around the world. At Bloomberg, diversity and inclusion aren’t afterthoughts. They’re central to their success. Innovation drives their business forward – and they know that disruptive, breakthrough ideas come about when diverse teams look at challenges from different angles. Bloomberg’s culture values difference, fosters inclusion and promotes collaboration, because the data shows them that when every employee is empowered to impact their business, everyone wins.
Returner Circles: Bloomberg has been a partner of Women Returners since 2015 and continues to support and engage talented and experienced professionals who are looking to return to full-time roles after an extended career break. Bloomberg is committed to developing a more diverse workforce and recognises both the value of this experienced group and the challenges they can encounter in restarting their careers in suitable corporate roles.
Credit Suisse is a leading global wealth manager with strong investment banking capabilities. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, they have a global reach with operations in about 50 countries and employ more than 45,000 people from over 150 different nations. Embodying entrepreneurial spirit, Credit Suisse delivers holistic financial solutions to their clients, including innovative products and specially tailored advice. Striving for quality and excellence in their work, they recognize and reward extraordinary performance among employees, provide wide-ranging training and development opportunities, and benefit from a diverse range of perspectives to create value for their clients, shareholders and communities.
Real Returns™: Credit Suisse’s well-established Real Returns program re-engages talented senior professionals and provides a 16-week opportunity to explore a return to financial services. They focus on transferable skill sets, enabling participants to experience taking their career into new directions.
Participants work on projects that match their skills, interest and expertise and benefit from a comprehensive training schedule. This includes modules focusing on strategic business and regulatory changes in the industry, executive training to improve personal impact and skill-based refresher courses. Networking is also a key component, with the program providing participants with the opportunity to build powerful and supportive networks across the organisation. To find out more please visit: www.credit-suisse.com/realreturns
FDM Group is a multi-award-winning FTSE 250 employer, working globally with some of the world’s largest brands. They are renowned for their dynamic Careers Programme which provides returners, graduates and ex-forces personnel with business and technical training as well as commercial experience. We take pride in making a positive contribution to the industry by encouraging and promoting diversity in the workplace. Through our Women in Tech initiative we work to encourage and inspire women to enter the tech sector. As a resutlt 55% of the senior management team are female and the organisation has reported a median negative gender pay gap in 2019 whilst achieving 0% the two years prior.
Getting Back to Business Programme: The Getting Back to Business Programme is specifically designed to build on your career break and provide all the support you need to feel confident returning to the workplace.
The seven-week training course builds upon your existing skills and knowledge whilst you gain industry recognised certifications to be fully prepared to succeed in the corporate world. Upon completion of training, you will work on exciting projects as an FDM consultant with one or more of FDM’s prestigious clients across multiple sectors including banking, finance, retail and energy for a minimum of two years.
J.P. Morgan Bank is a global leader across asset management, wealth management, banking, markets and investor services. The world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions entrust them with their business in more than 100 countries. With $23 trillion of assets under custody and $445 billion in deposits, the Bank provides strategic advice, raises capital, manages risk and extends liquidity in markets around the world.
The ReEntry program: J.P. Morgan recognises that rewarding careers do not always follow a conventional route and values the diversity, fresh perspective and wealth of experience that returning professionals can bring. The ReEntry program comprises a 14-week training experience, designed to help highly accomplished individuals who have taken a career break for at least two years to return to the workforce full-time. Through hands-on experience, mentorship and intensive coaching, participants develop leading industry knowledge and insight to return to work with ease and prepare for their long-term career. The goal is to place high performing participants who successfully complete the program into full-time positions with the firm.
O2 is a mobile network operator and the principal commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited, which is part of the global telecommunications group Telefónica S.A. O2 was awarded Best Network Coverage in 2018 and with over 32 million connections to the network, it runs 2G, 3G and 4G services across the UK, as well as operating its nationwide O2 WiFi service. O2 has around 6,700 employees and over 450 retail stores and sponsors England Rugby, The O2 and 19 UK O2 Academy music venues. O2 is the only mobile operator in the 2018 Social Mobility Employer Index and was named as one of the best places to work in the 2018 Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Award.
Career Returners: In 2016, O2 set out to find and nurture an untapped pool of talent by launching a Career Returners programme, in partnership with Women Returners. The paid programme is designed to help both men and women who have taken career breaks to re-enter the workplace at their own pace, supported through mentoring and training which focus on enhancing their existing skillset. The programme offers generous flexible working policies to ensure returners can smoothly transition back into their career and maintain a healthy work/life balance. The programme continues to bring talent into the business and 100% of people on the latest programme have secured permanent roles.
St. James’s Place Wealth Management
St. James’s Place Wealth Management is a FTSE 100 company with £109.3 billion of client funds under management providing a range of wealth management solutions from investments to pensions. Their Partners and Advisers are among the country’s leading financial advisers and many join via the St. James’s Place Academy.
St. James’s Place Academy: The Academy provides an exciting two-year career change opportunity offering achievement-driven individuals an exciting new career in financial planning and wealth management. Successful candidates determine their own professional pathway as a qualified financial planner and wealth management adviser, whether their goal is to set up their own business as a Partner, or join one of the many established St. James’s Place Practice’s as an Adviser.
Since the Academy was launched in 2012, it has retrained and successfully transitioned over 500 people from a wide range of previous professions. They are delighted that 30% have been women, substantially more than the national average of women who provide financial advice in the UK, and are actively working to attract more females to consider their Academy career change opportunity.