Allianz Insurance has launched Returners@Allianz, a programme specifically designed to recruit talented people who have taken a career break but are looking to return to work.
The programme is a six month paid placement with the aim of finding long term talent, and has been created for people who have been out of the work environment for at least two years. Throughout the programme the candidates are offered training and mentoring support to help them achieve their ambitions.
The first intake joined in January as project managers for Allianz’s Business Change team and are based in its Guildford head office.
Project manager Susan Ferry commented: “When looking to return to work, I was keen to restart a career I had previously loved and put to good use both my professional experience and the personal skills developed as a parent. The programme offered by Allianz has given me the opportunity to do just this, recognising that time out of the workplace should not mean the end to a professional career.”
Senior project manager Victoria Wieremiej added: “The programme is a very forward thinking way of re-introducing experienced career-breakers to the workplace. Significant talent is lost as a result of parents leaving work to bring up children and this programme recognises the value of those skills. The programme invested considerable time and effort in the recruitment and on-boarding process and really helped me to feel valued and accepted.”
Stephanie Smith, chief operating officer at Allianz Insurance commented: “We’re excited to be launching Returners at Allianz. Taking a career gap shouldn’t stop you achieving your professional goals and by recruiting in this way we’re hoping to find talented people who might not otherwise have applied to work with us.
“We are dedicated to sourcing highly skilled individuals and supporting their integration back into work. For our first intake we have successfully recruited two candidates who have a wealth of business experience and we hope that they are the first of many to take part in the programme. We’re confident that hiring in this way will strengthen our business and add to the talent of our diverse workforce.”
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