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Cross-Company Returner Programme 2020 Case Study

Date: 15th December 2020

Women Returners partnered with the Diversity Project to launch a new pilot cross-company returnship programme within the Investment and Savings Sector in 2020. There were 5 participating organisations: BNY Mellon, BlackRock, Fidelity International, Schroders and Willis Towers Watson

Each employer hired between 1-5 returners on a 6-month (virtual) returnship placement.

Programme Success:

  • 82% of programme participants were offered on-going roles within their organisation
  • 11 returners participated in the programme
    • 91% women
    • 36% from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds
    • Length of career breaks ranged from 2 to 14 years with an average of 6 years
  • Predominantly front-office roles at Analyst, Manager, VP and Director level
  • Programme is re-running in 2021, with 60% increase in employer participation. 4 out of 5 of initial employers are participating, with new employers Aviva Investors, Janus Henderson, LGIM and Standard Life Aberdeen.

Read Sophie’s story of returning to work with BlackRock and Laverne’s story of returning to work with Willis Towers Watson.

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