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Very to targets returners as it looks to boost tech team

The Very Group has launched a new programme that offers a path back into technology roles for people who have taken a career break. The first… View Article

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Very to targets returners as it looks to boost tech team

The Very Group has launched a new programme that offers a path back into technology roles for people who have taken a career break.

The first phase of the ‘career reinvention programme’ will see ten people recruited into a wide range of technology positions including full and part time.

The programme is being opened up to anyone who has taken a career break of two years or more. Very said candidates will need to be passionate about learning new skills and have prior experience in related roles such as QA engineering, software engineering, data engineering or data science.

Due to be expanded significantly in 2022, the scheme will aim to create a pathway for applicants back into the world of work and offer the opportunity to refresh and update their skills.

The first group of career returners are expected to take up their roles by February 2022. The company has partnered with return-to-work specialist Women Returners, which will provide tailored support through a series of returner coaching workshops.

Matt Grest, chief information officer at The Very Group, said: “People take extended career breaks for all kinds of reasons, often related to family commitments. And when they decide to re-enter the workplace, we don’t think they should be penalised. After all, technology might have changed in that time, but these professionals’ underlying potential and talent certainly haven’t.

“Of course, returning to work after time out can be daunting. That’s why we’ve structured this programme to offer the right training in new technologies and methodologies, as well as ongoing support and coaching with the help of Women Returners.”

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