International Women’s Day saw our London centre host the launch of techUK’s Returners Hub, a resource for both individuals who are looking to return to work. Over 100 people attended the event to hear from a panel including FDM COO Sheila Flavell, techUK president Jacqueline de Rojas and some of FDM’s returners.
Having identified a gap in the market for centralised resources for both returners and companies looking to employ returners, techUK have created the Returners Hub. Launched on International Women’s Day, the hub is split into four main areas according to TechUK’s:
- Tech companies currently running returners programmes
- Tech companies without a returners programme but open to employing returners
- Resources for returners
- Training organisation who can help companies create a returners programme
Over the past four months, FDM has received over 2,000 applications to join our Getting Back to Business Programme and trained almost 30 people. Inclusivity is at the heart of the FDM culture and we are proud that this innovative programme has been referenced in the Government’s Digital Strategy.
The digital skills gap remains prominent in the UK with research suggesting that the UK will need an additional 7,450,000 digital skilled workers to match demand between 2013 and 2017. Returners remain an untapped talent pool that could help elevate the digital skills gap as well having the potential to improve organisations diversity. We need highly skilled women to re-enter the workplace at a similar level as they operated in before their career break. Returns help drive diversity at the top but ensuring the pipeline of women who can progress through the management structure and reach board level, helping to drive diversity at the top.