A new programme is being launched in Scotland to help experienced professionals who have taken career breaks of between two and 10 years return to the workplace.
The 12-week paid initiative dubbed ‘EY Reconnect’ is being rolled out by Edinburgh-based Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and will offer training, mentoring and coaching, as well as live project experience, to help those at management level and above across the UK, including in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, from September 2016.
Mark Harvey, managing partner at EY Scotland, said: “There are professionals with rich experience and wisdom that have taken some time out, for whatever reason, and are ready to return to the workplace.
“In our industry it is common to lose talent at manager and senior manager level. EY Reconnect offers a structured route back into the profession, whilst helping us to attract talented individuals with diverse perspectives that can add value to our people, our business and our clients.”
According to EY, in week one, individuals taking part in the programme will be assigned a mentor and a line manager and inducted into the business. They will then be introduced to their respective teams across all service lines and begin to work on meaningful client projects.
During their time at EY, they will have access to external and internal coaching, and the support of EY’s people networks including: EY Parents’ Network, EY Women’s Network, EY Black Network and the EY Disability Network, among others.
Anne-Marie Balfe, EY’s global talent leader in People Advisory Services, said: “It’s a commercial imperative for our business to recruit and retain the brightest and best people. EY Reconnect will help us to identify exceptional talent in the market, providing a supportive environment and a development opportunity for those who perhaps have been deterred from applying for roles.”
Applications for EY Reconnect are open until Monday, 9 May 2016.