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We’re Sky, Europe’s biggest entertainment brand.

Think top-quality shows. Breaking news. Innovative tech. Must-have products. Careers here mean the freedom and support you need to make an impact – pushing boundaries, creating solutions, hitting targets. And as part of our close-knit team, you’ll enjoy plenty of benefits. Plus, experiences you’ll only find at Sky.

This is the first time we are running a Technology Returners Programme at Sky Leeds Dock. The programme is designed to support anyone who has previously worked as a Software Developer but have taken a career break (for any reason), and is wanting to get back into the industry. The programme will be paid from the start and is a permanent position. We will give the training and support you need to get your skills up to date and give you the confidence to get back to work.

The perks

Sky Q, a generous pension and private health care. Access to over 12,000 LinkedIn Learning courses to support your development. And if that’s not enough, our Leeds Dock campus offers a pool table, table tennis, discounted gym membership, endless local discounts, and much more. We are also happy to discuss flexible working.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeatSky on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.

You will:

  • Attend a 4-week paid bootcamp on campus at Sky to upskill and train in TDD, BDD, Java, writing clean code, ReactJS to help build upon your skills and build your confidence.
  • Work on a project alongside other technical returner.
  • After 2 months of training you will move into delivery teams at Sky Leeds dock and take on a technical role on projects to deliver unified solutions.
  • Be involved as necessary with the planning, design, development, enhancement and implementation of solutions.
  • Develop and maintain Sky’s website and apps which are used by millions of customers daily.
  • Used TDD to deliver enterprise-quality code.
  • Work in an agile team and contribute to agile practices.
  • Receive ongoing support to ensure you feel integrated back into the workplace after your career break.

You’ll have:

  • Software development experience in industry at a mid level.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities; able to learn and apply new technical knowledge quickly.
  • Excellent communication skills, and able to relate to all levels of the company.
  • Understanding of sound software lifecycle methodologies and/or agile delivery.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced and progressive environment.
  • Have a passion for software excellence, delivering code of the highest quality, and a willingness to learn new languages and practices.

So, what are you waiting for? Apply now for a chance to forge your own career path and be brilliant as part of a bright, talented team.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions, we might withdraw the offer.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working.

It’s our people that make Sky Europe’s leading entertainment company. That’s why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Sky can be their best.

A job you love to talk about.

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Relaunch Programme | Oliver Wyman

Oliver-Wyman

Oliver Wyman has created a 15-week programme for returners, which is designed to help and support you re-join the workforce after taking a career break.

If you are thinking about returning to work in management consulting, Oliver Wyman would love to hear from you. You will be supported by a network of individuals, whilst working on interesting client-facing projects. Oliver Wyman is partnering with Women Returners to provide bespoke external coaching support. At the end of this programme they will mutually discuss the potential of a permanent position with you.

Who is Oliver Wyman looking for?

  • Experienced individuals looking to return to work after a career break, who have prior experience in management consulting
  • Highly collaborative people who are keen to be part of a supportive and growing business
  • Candidates with excellent communication skills and the ability to build effective relationships
  • The London office offers a wide range of sector opportunities and will be there to help you choose which one is right for you. They are particularly interested in candidates with previous consulting experience in sectors such as Financial Services, Digital & Technology, Energy & Resources, Transportation & Services or Consumer & Retail.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will have the opportunity to take ownership of your work, while focusing on interesting and stimulating projects
  • Access to a fantastic support network and tailored approach to help you return to work, including being assigned a mentor, buddy, team members and wider peer group
  • You will receive training from Oliver Wyman and participate in the Women Returners’ Career Returners Coaching Programme
  • Oliver Wyman anticipates that this is a full-time role, but are open to discuss more flexible ways of working
  • Lots of opportunity for networking, social events, and informal learning sessions in a dynamic and friendly organisation

Programme Information

Location: Oliver Wyman’s offices are based in Baker Street, London

Their clients are spread throughout the UK and Europe. Whilst every opportunity will be made for you to work on a London-based project, there may be a possibility of you being placed on an out-of-town project. Oliver Wyman will discuss with each individual their ability to be away from home, as they realise that this may be a significant change for some.

Remuneration: Oliver Wyman’s compensation is competitive with the UK market

About Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting, combining deep industry knowledge with specialised expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organisation transformation.

Oliver Wyman people carve out their own areas of expertise within their diverse, non-hierarchical partnership. They promote and build their firm’s culture in a way that encourages enjoyment at work and fundamentally value each other’s time and are sensitive to how it is used.

Oliver Wyman is proud to have been named one of The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for 2019, listed as one of Stonewall’s Top 100 LGBT+ Employers 2019 and was named as one of Working Families Top 30 Family Friendly Employers in 2018.  Oliver Wyman also has extensive and established networks across the business including Women in Oliver Wyman (WOW) and Family Life in Oliver Wyman (FLOW).

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BAE Systems Returners Programme featured

Returners Programme becomes an integral part of BAE Systems' attraction strategy

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Last September, BAE Systems Maritime embarked on an innovative pilot programme to attract back engineers after a career break. 

Recognising the value that experienced engineers had to offer and the barriers that they faced to return to their vocation, BAE Systems Maritime was delighted to run a pilot programme to welcome back much needed skills to the industry.

The programme was an overwhelming success and 100 per cent of programme participants have now joined the business on a permanent basis in varying roles across several sites.

BAE Systems was impressed by the fantastic capabilities and skills of those returning and STEM Returners are delighted to be partnering with them again to offer a new group of returners a route back to a rewarding career at Portsmouth Naval Base or at nearby Broad Oak.

BAE Systems Maritime designs and manufactures naval ships and submarines, as well as their state-of-the-art combat systems and equipment. They also offer an array of associated services, including training solutions, maintenance and modernisation programmes to support ships and equipment in service around the world and the management of supporting infrastructure.

BAE Systems recognises that returners often face an insurmountable barrier to returning to work after a career break, be that because of a perception by hirers of a deterioration of skills, or a lack of flexibility. This ground-breaking programme shows career break returners that BAE Systems values the skills that they have gained whilst out of industry by enabling a return to their career in a flexible and inclusive way.

The programme is open to men and women in Portsmouth and surrounding areas who have taken any length career break, as well as those who wish to transfer sectors but lack the relevant work experience.  The company is looking for returners with experience in one of the following areas:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Systems Engineer
  • Radio Frequency Engineer
  • Power Electronics Engineer
  • Logistics Engineer

Candidates signing up to the ‘STEM Returners’ programme will join a paid 12-week structured return to work programme, which will include soft skills training, technical training and on the job experience, as well as coaching and mentoring support.

At the end of the 12 weeks, job offers will be made by BAE Systems Maritime to those who have shown the necessary skills and aptitude to join the engineering specialists. This isn’t just work experience, but a genuine opportunity to restart careers within an exciting global organisation.

If you wish to apply for the second programme, please click here.

Dr Graham Farnell, Engineering Director, BAE Systems Maritime Services, said: “Finding exceptional talent to help us deliver first class engineering and technical support to our customers is fundamental to our business.

“The work we do across the engineering disciplines to design, build, maintain and upgrade ships, and the support and equipment we provide to people, is absolutely vital in assisting the Royal Navy achieve its operational commitments on behalf of the UK across the globe.”

Kat Bruce, one of last year’s STEM Returners said, “After only six weeks of the 12-week programme, my skills were recognised and I was encouraged to interview for an internal permanent position as Senior Project Engineer that had become available within the area that I was working."

"I was delighted to be offered the job and now have an opportunity to work within an exciting engineering environment which is my true passion."

"I have also been supported and encouraged to re-gain my IMechE Chartership within the next six months which is great.”

Natalie Desty, Founder of STEM Returners added, “We are so excited to be running this programme again with BAE Systems Maritime."

"They have shown that they really value the skills and experience that returners have to offer which was demonstrated in them offering permanent roles to all their returners."

"They create a supportive and inclusive environment where returners can really thrive.”