Tech Returners & Dae.mn partnership

Where is the tech talent? Tech consultancy company teams up with Tech Returners to bring careers returners back into tech

London based consultancy business, Dae.mn, has partnered with Tech Returners to up-skill and hire twelve career returners to their technical team.

The free 8-week programme is available to the UK and international residents currently living in the UK. They must have at least 2 years left on their working or student visa to be eligible for the ‘Your Return to Tech’, March 2022 programme.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the cohort will have the opportunity to secure life-changing backend software developer jobs with the technical consultancy company.

Tech Returners, the Manchester based company has opened applications for their award-winning ‘Your Return to Tech: March 2022’ programme to recruit, up-skill, and enable experienced software developers in the UK to re-enter the tech industry. Tech Returners works to bridge the tech skills gap and address the lack of diversity within the tech industry. The programme provides tech professionals who have been struggling to return to tech after a career break (including maternity and paternity leave) with technical up-skilling, interview prep, and confidence coaching.

The March 2022 returner programme is funded by Dae.mn and is open to applicants across the UK who are looking to return to a career in software development with previous mid-level experience.

Dae.mn has committed to hire sixteen backend software developers upon completion of the programme and successful job interviews. Tech

Returners is anticipating a high volume of applications for the March 2022 programme due to Dae.mn’s inclusive and flexible working culture. Dae.mn is offering fully remote roles for successful candidates located anyway in the UK.

Beckie TaylorSpeaking about the new partnership, Tech Returners’ CEO & co- founder, Beckie Taylor said, “We’re excited to partner with Dae.mn for this new programme! Now more than ever, is it important for businesses to shake up how they recruit talent. As most people have seen on the news, there continues to be reports of people struggling to return to their careers after having a career break. And this is especially difficult in the fast-moving sector that is technology. So, we’re proud to provide the opportunity for talented individuals in the UK to not only up-skill on our remote programme, but also the opportunity to secure employment with Dae.mn”.

Dae.mn is one of the latest organisations alongside The Guardian to partner with Tech Returners, who since 2017, has empowered more than 123 careers into technical careers. Dae.mn will join other businesses such as, BBC, Auto Trader, Nando’s, Booking.com, AO.com, Eigen Technologies, Xero, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, and much more companies in empowering career returners.

Applications for the ’Your Return to Tech: March 2022’ programme are open until 23:59 GMT on Monday 7 March 2022.

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Looking for a returnship? Tech Returners partners with The Guardian to hire career returners

Tech Returners - Your Return to Tech

The Guardian has partnered with Tech Returners to up-skill and hire sixteen career returners to their technical team.

The free 12-week programme is available to UK residents, and upon successful completion of the programme, the cohort will have the opportunity to secure life-changing full stack software developer jobs with the global news organisation.

Tech Returners, the Manchester based company has opened applications for their ‘Your Return to Tech: February 2022’ programme to recruit, re-skill, and enable experienced software developers in London and surrounding areas to re-enter the tech industry. Tech Returners works to bridge the tech skills gap and address the lack of diversity within the tech industry. The programme provides tech professionals who have been struggling to return to tech after a career break (including maternity and paternity leave) with technical up-skilling, interview prep, and confidence coaching.

The February 2022 programme is funded by The Guardian and is open to applicants who are looking to return to a career in software development with previous mid-level experience.

The Guardian has committed to hire sixteen full stack software developers upon completion of the programme and successful job interviews. Tech Returners is anticipating a high volume of applications for the February 2022 programme due to The Guardian’s inclusive and flexible working culture. The Guardian has many of their staff work flexibly and they will consider requests for flexible working arrangements for all candidates/employees.

Commenting on the new partnership, Tech Returners’ CEO & co-founder, Beckie Taylor said, “We’re in a time where people have been struggling to return to their software careers for a wide range of reasons, and with the pandemic having made things even more difficult.”

“So, we are really thrilled to partner with The Guardian to enable our next cohort of returners back into their careers through our ‘Your Return to Tech’ February 2022 programme.”

“We’re proud to provide the opportunity for talented individuals in London to not only up-skill on our remote programme, but also secure employment with The Guardian”.

The Guardian is one of the latest organisations alongside BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to partner with Tech Returners, who since 2017, has empowered more than 123 careers into technical careers. The Guardian will join other businesses such as, BBC, Auto Trader, Nando’s, Booking.com, AO.com, Eigen Technologies, Xero and much more companies in empowering career returners.

Applications for the ’Your Return to Tech: February 2022’ programme are open until 23:59 GMT on Monday 31st January 2022.

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Your Return to Tech, Booking.com, Tech Returners

Looking to return to work? Booking.com is on the search to hire career returners

Your Return to Tech, Booking.com, Tech Returners

Booking.com has partnered with Tech Returners to up-skill and hire sixteen career returners to their technical team.

The free 8-week programme is available to UK residents, and upon successful completion of the programme, the cohort will have the opportunity to secure life-changing tech jobs with the online-travel giant.

Tech Returners, the Manchester based company has launched their December ‘Your Return to Tech’ 8-week programme to recruit, re-skill, and enable experienced software developers in Manchester and surrounding areas to re-enter the tech industry. Tech Returners works to bridge the tech skills gap and address the lack of diversity within the tech industry. The programme provides tech professionals who have been struggling to return to tech after a career break (including maternity and paternity leave) with technical up-skilling, interview prep, and confidence coaching.

The December 2021 programme is funded by Booking.com and is open to applicants who are looking to return to a career in software development with previous mid-level experience.

Booking.com have committed to hire backend software developers upon completion of the programme and successful job interviews. Tech Returners is anticipating a high volume of applications for the December programme due to Booking.com known for its inclusive culture.

All sixteen roles which keeps in-line with Tech Returners mission on providing accessible routes back into tech.

Speaking about the the new partnership, Tech Returners’ CEO & Co-founder, Beckie Taylor said, We’re in a time where people have been struggling to return to their software careers for a wide range of reasons and with the pandemic having made things even more difficult.”

“So, we are really thrilled to partner with Booking.com to enable our next cohort of returners back into their careers through our ‘Your Return to Tech’ December 2021 programme.”

“We’re proud to provide the opportunity for talented individuals across the Northwest to not only up-skill on our remote programme, but also secure employment with Booking.com”.

Booking.com is one of the latest organisations alongside BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to partner with Tech Returners, who since 2017, has empowered more than 120 careers into technical careers with 65% of those being women.

Booking.com will join other businesses such as, BBC, Auto Trader, Nando’s, Booking.com, AO.com, Eigen Technologies, Xero and many more companies in empowering career returners.

Applications for the ’Your Return to Tech’ December 2021 programme are open until 23:59 on Monday 29th November 2021. To apply for place on the programme and to secure a remote role with Booking.com, register below.

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"Twelve weeks later I was delighted to secure a fulltime role" | Morgan Stanley's Return to Work program

Vivian Obodo - Morgan Stanley Return to Work programme

Vivian Obodo, an alumni of Morgan Stanley’s Return to Work program, reflects on her journey and what she’s achieved.

Morgan Stanley is more than a leading financial services firm. With offices spanning 41 countries, talented and passionate people across the globe bring excellence and integrity to everything they do. Diverse employees work together, to deliver exceptional ideas and solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.

Applications for the Morgan Stanley 2022 Return to Work Program are now open. Find out more and how to apply below.

What is your current role?

I am an Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Technology division in London, where I’m a Product Owner within the End User Technology department. I am currently responsible for supporting the adoption and implementation of Agile & DevOps practices and principles, acting as a liaison between the product and stakeholders.

What attracted you to the Morgan Stanley Return to Work Program?

I started my career in 2012 as an IT Business Analyst for an IT Consulting firm in Nigeria, primarily supporting enterprise IT solutions and applications for clients. In 2017, I left the workforce as a Senior Business Analyst to start my family after making a move to London, which was important to me in the absence of having family nearby to help with childcare. While on my 4-year career break, I had my two children and completed a Master’s degree in Information Systems at Kingston University. I was keen to stay ahead of the ever-evolving technology trends, so I also completed a certification as an Agile Foundation Practitioner.

During lockdown and while staying home, I had a lightbulb moment and wanted to achieve more for myself (not to say that fulltime parenting is not a great choice, my career break was a busy and fulfilling experience), so I started to think about the next step in my career. I stumbled on the Morgan Stanley Return to Work Program while searching online and it looked like it could be a fit for me. When I received the offer, I was extremely excited to join and relaunch my career at Morgan Stanley.

What in your mind makes this program unique?

What makes the Morgan Stanley Return to Work Program unique is how well thought out it is. I was assigned a work buddy who was amazing and a Return to Work Alumni buddy who had been through the process in a previous year. My manager also was incredibly supportive and helped connect me to other previous career returners within the Technology division.

The onboarding experience was great – the training was well detailed and helped me early on to really understand Morgan Stanley’s vision as a business, the firm’s values and how these translate into the day-to-day working culture. We had a host of Return to Work coaching seminars with Women Returners which I found to be really insightful. I had frequent sessions with my manager to discuss how I was doing and openly discuss opportunities to learn and develop. Our discussions helped me to feel that I made valuable contributions to the team early on and I was able to apply my skills to achieve the goals that we set. Personally, and professionally, the Return to Work program provided the support I needed to confidently relaunch my career.

What skills did you gain through the program?

As a Product Owner, I had access to Agile Immersion Training, Product Owner and Scrum bootcamps which brought me up to speed. I also had access to learning resources such as LinkedIn Learning which helped bridge the knowledge gap I needed to perform my role.

I joined at a time where there was an ongoing firmwide Agile Transformation which provided a great learning opportunity. With that, I got exposure to the most recent market trends which added to my expertise in Agile, Scrum, Kanban and organizational change management.

In terms of support, I have also leveraged some of the firm’s employee networks to meet people with similar interests such as Women in Technology and the Family Network. The latter also provided me with a network of other parents who shared tips on how to cope with childcare and advice on working from home while home-schooling in lockdown. Another great benefit at Morgan Stanley, is that the firm also provides emergency childcare, which is a brilliant idea for days when there is no one to watch the children.

I made some brilliant connections with other colleagues who were part of the 2021 Return to Work cohort. The group were, and continue to be, a great support to each other, as we can share similar experiences and can always reach out to one another.

What did you find most rewarding about the program?

What I found most rewarding was the fact that there was a lot to learn. I am constantly surrounded by people with brilliant minds who are passionate about their jobs. For example, prior to the program I had never heard of using an agile roadmap tool called Roadmunk. Yet, by the end of the program I was able to support my Product Owner chapter in building roadmaps with the tool. It’s been great to establish new skills and put them into practice in a professional environment.

What advice would you give those thinking of relaunching their career?

My advice would be to go for it and keep an open mind. Be kind to yourself, stay confident and leverage as much support as you can. There are many transferrable skills from your career break that you can apply. I would also recommend networking as much as you can and maintain a positive outlook.

What is next for you and your career?

Twelve weeks later I was delighted to secure a fulltime role as a Product Owner in End User Technology department, by this point I had bridged the gap and settled into the rhythm of corporate life. I especially enjoy interacting with team members and various stakeholders across the firm. I love learning and every day presents a new opportunity to learn and grow. I am optimistic and look forward to a great future at Morgan Stanley.

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Your Return to Tech with Tech Returners and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Looking to return to work after a career break? Your Return to Tech programme is open for applications

Your Return to Tech with Tech Returners and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Tech Returners is on a mission to close the diversity gap in tech and making returning to a career in software development accessible and free for everyone.

Do you or your network know anyone who has had a career break that would like to refresh their coding skills and secure a role with a forward-thinking company?

This September Tech Returners is running its ‘new and improved’ Your Return to Tech programme in partnership with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and applications are now open.

Returners will receive 8 weeks of expert technical training covering Software Development Fundamentals and Back End Technologies, as well as career coaching and development to enable them to return to the industry and interview for a role with BAE Systems at the end of the programme.

Thanks to the sponsorship and support of BAE Systems, it’s free to take part.

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Tech Returners Launches in London

New Tech Returner Programme to launch in London

Tech Returners Launches in London

Tech Returners, an organisation focused on empowering careers back into technology, is bringing its successful returner programme to London starting in August. 

Tech Returners an organisation focused on empowering careers back into technology is bringing its successful returner programme to London starting in August 2020.

The programme called Your Return to Tech provides skilled tech professionals returning to industry accessible opportunities to refresh their skills and reignite their career but it doesn’t stop at learning and development, the organisation works closely with businesses who recognise the value of industry returners and who are passionate about creating diversity and inclusivity in their teams to provide an innovative tech talent solution.

The eight-week programme recognises the need from businesses growing their teams to bring tech talent to the market quickly and with the skills in place to hit the ground running in mid-senior level technical roles. The entirely remote learning experience boasts a curriculum which includes refreshing existing tech skills, front end frameworks ‘React’ (Hooks, Context, API) alongside Cloud technologies (AWS tooling), delivered alongside platform engineering skills such as infrastructure as code CI/CD and monitoring.

Uniquely the programme will connect with businesses looking to hire from the programme who will provide live briefs for our returners to work on throughout the 8 week period. Interested businesses can sponsor places on the course at a cost of just £4,500 per returner making it an affordable and competitive option versus traditional recruitment agency fees.

It’s a model which has proved successful in the North West of England, since 2017 the organisation has empowered more than 50 returners into mid-senior level technical careers with businesses like AutoTrader, Booking.com, Lloyds Banking Group, ANS and Infinity Works and has worked exclusively with the BBC in Manchester and London respectively, 88% of those returners were women.

The programme is open to anyone returning to a technical career or who have a technical qualification and who have taken a career break from tech for six years or less. Individuals interested in applying for the programme can learn more at https://www.techreturners.com/programmes/your-return-to-tech

Speaking about the programme CEO Beckie Taylor said, “We’ve seen some amazing returners come through our ranks as a result of our work in the North but we know there are so many more out there and with our remote learning model, location need no longer be a barrier to talent."

"Working with London based businesses was the next natural move for us, we know the returner market is there and we’re here to deliver the talent to forward-thinking businesses who are focused on diversity and  taking a fresh approach to tech talent”

Businesses interested in learning more about sponsoring the programme can do so here https://www.techreturners.com/sponsorship/your-return-to-tech and are also invited to sign up to join a free information event on Thursday 9th  July https://share.hsforms.com/1nDOXcLuyRo-ufJoPJbGOkw2g8p6


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Government Equalities Office featured

Returner Programmes: Best Practice Guidance for Employers | Government Equalities Office

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This best practice guidance was co-authored by Women Returners and Timewise based on their extensive experience of working with those returning to the labour market following a break to care for others.

There are 1.9m women who are economically inactive for caring reasons, a large number of whom have professional/managerial experience.

Around three quarters of women surveyed by Opportunity Now would like to return to work at some point; however significant barriers, both personal and structural, stand in their way.

In the Spring Budget 2017, the Prime Minister announced £5 million to “promote returnships in the public and private sector.”

The 2017 Conservative Manifesto pledged to support organisations to take on parents and carers “returning after long periods of absence”.

Returner programmes which lead to permanent roles were pioneered in the UK in 2014. Their number has grown from just three that year to over 40 in 2017, primarily in the financial services, consulting and STEM sectors.

The Government Equalities Office aims to increase the number and scope of returner programmes, and ensure that employers are offering good quality, evidence-based opportunities to returners at all levels.

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