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NOW CLOSED: Are you interested in signing up to a 'Returning Talent' programme with Bank of America Merrill Lynch – we are looking for folk on a career break who are looking to return to work

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 10-May-12 14:49:47


We have been working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) on their plans for an exciting idea for a return to work programme. We asked our panel members to complete a survey about this and now the programme has been finalised we are looking for MNers to attend. Apologies in advance to those for whom getting to London is a problem.

The programme is aimed at folk who fit the following specific criteria:

a) who are currently on a career break;
b) who had previously worked in a management type role, for example: this could be an IT manager in any business, a project manager in local authority, or management level jobs in areas such as law, communications or PR, HR, marketing or in a financial institution etc; c) who are planning a return to work

Michelle Fullerton, head of Diversity and Inclusion at BofAML says, "As an employer of choice and recognised as one of The Times? Top 50 Employers for Women, we are keen to ensure we attract, retain and develop talented individuals. We recognise that choosing to have a family is a very important stage in a man or woman's life, and that some decide to take time away from work to focus completely on caring for their family."

"We would like to offer 20 men or women who have been away from work for three or more years in order to stay at home and care for their family, the opportunity to benefit from our Returning Talent programme."

"Returning Talent has been devised as a way to support men and women returning to work. It offers three one day workshops (scheduled around childcare), executive coaching and access to employees and experts from BofAML. At the end of the programme, we hope that alumni will feel better prepared and confident to re-enter the world of work, either at our company or at another corporation."

The programme is being delivered by Maternity Coaching (the company that currently delivers maternity coaching to BofAML employees and their managers.)

Programme dates, times and locations:

The sessions will be hosted at BofAML's offices in City or Canary Wharf from 10:30am-4pm:

~ Monday, 18 June
~ Thursday, 21 June
~ Wednesday, 27 June

With regret no children. You will need to make your own way to the locations and lunch/ drinks will be served. You will need to attend all three sessions and stay for the whole session.

If you're able to attend all three sessions please add your details to this form by 28 May at 5pm. We will be in touch with those selected to attend on or before Wednesday, 6 June.

Any questions please ask on this thread and we will get a response for you.

Good luck and thanks, MNHQ

madwomanintheattic Thu 10-May-12 14:53:40

Can you persuade them to run this programme in the back of beyond in the Canadian Rockies, please? grin
Ex Brit mil officer seeks work. Bored and restless (and apparently unemployable)

No? Sheesh.

OneHandFlapping Thu 10-May-12 15:11:59

Sounds fantastic. Have applied.

Changebagsandgladrags Thu 10-May-12 16:02:48

Argh, my first day back at work is 18th June.

Would not look good...

aftereight Thu 10-May-12 16:13:32

Sounds fantastic - can they run one in Manchester next? <begs>

madwomanintheattic Thu 10-May-12 16:16:57

I think you've got a better chance than I do, after eight... grin

PermanentlyOnEdge Thu 10-May-12 19:41:28

I would so love to do this! It clashes with our only family holiday this summer. Do you think this will be a one off or that they might repeat the course at a later date? My youngest starts nursery in January so will be looking for something like this around then.

urania Thu 10-May-12 21:56:58

Booked family holiday during the first two dates. Maybe something to remember for the future- Mothers need more time to plan!

I'm free! So have done the survey - that got the grey cells working!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-May-12 11:20:34

Sorry to those for whom the dates are not convenient - not sure if it will be repeated or not. Thanks if you've applied already...

Well if it wasn't for this line who had previously worked in a management type role then I would have done. Sadly I was only a lowly receptionist and therefore not eligible!

flapperghasted Fri 11-May-12 16:09:35

Sounds fantastic. If I lived in London, I'd be there like a shot! As it is, I'm in Sheffield. And I work part time, so I guess I wouldn't qualify, even though my current jobrole is a much lower level than anything I've done before and is only a filling whilst I raise my girl. Am very jealous!

PenguinArmy Fri 11-May-12 16:25:13

Sounds great, shame not open to people looking for a change of direction as I have the talent part smile

Solo Fri 11-May-12 16:26:11

The programme is aimed at folk who fit the following specific criteria:

a) who are currently on a career break;
b) who had previously worked in a management type role, for example: this could be an IT manager in any business, a project manager in local authority, or management level jobs in areas such as law, communications or PR, HR, marketing or in a financial institution etc; c) who are planning a return to work

Hmmmmm...nope! I'm not management! unless I've been promoted in my lengthy absence? smile nice thought not but no, it's unlikely.

gazzalw Sun 13-May-12 09:52:08

Yes, DW rather fancied it and it would be right up her street but although she is qualified to the hilt, she was never a manager so ;-(.

It looks fantastic though!

FartBlossom Sun 13-May-12 14:50:33

I think it sounds really good, though I dont fit into the categories, but would love some help returning to work.

LackaDAILYcarb Sun 13-May-12 17:41:19

madwomanintheattic, is this for you or your DH? <narrows eyes> <wonders if I know you in RL>

I'd love to do this and fit all the criteria and am struggling to persuade prospective employers that the skills I gained as a structural engineer are readily transferrable, but am up north.

Is there any chance of running this outside of London? The majority of the population don't live in the capital after all!

LackaDAILYcarb Sun 13-May-12 17:45:17

Ignore me. It's company specific, so If they're based in Londinium, then that's where the course is.

Would love it if all big employers were this forward thinking!

Jux Sun 13-May-12 19:09:18

Sounds interesting. Would Stage Manager count? I had 8 staff directlt under me, and the whole show would be my responsibility (not a standard theatre, a big venue putting on a large variety of shows) and logistics, H&S etc down to me. Later was self-employed.

Currently studying maths/stats. A course in Exeter would be good would work nicely for me!

itsatiggerday Sun 13-May-12 22:36:34

I'd love to and am just deliberating with myself about feasibility of calling in all possible favours to sort out childcare for 3 full days in such a short period.

If we apply, do you have any idea yet of numbers and how likely we are to get a place? If it's a ratio of 100 applicants per place already then I might have to take a considered risk position re the favours....

edam Sun 13-May-12 22:48:05

They wouldn't care to do one for people who are just at home with the kids because they are unemployed, would they? <eyes dh>

KatieMiddleton Sun 13-May-12 23:23:26

What a brilliant idea - i have often thought organisations should do this sort of thing to be competitive. Hope you get some fabbo people.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-May-12 10:01:08

itsatiggerday - at the moment we have a healthy but not overwhelming number of folks if that helps!?

Do apply if you fit the criteria and are thinking about a return to work - I don't think industry matters so much

itsatiggerday Mon 14-May-12 14:32:12

Thanks Ann, that is helpful.

Unfortunately have just received a hospital appointment for DC2 on 21 June so am going to have to hold back. Would be very interested after September though if there's ever the possibility of another one.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-May-12 19:51:40

Please do apply if you are interested and are thinking about a return to work - to clarify on the management experience requirement - we are not necessarily looking for ex-MDs but folks who have had some level of responsibility for others in the workplace - at whatever level.

bochead Tue 15-May-12 13:54:02

Signed up. Anything that gets the grey cells kick started again will be a welcome boost. I've been looking in the financial sector for months now and am hoping this will get me over the starting line towards a new role.

Well done, BAML! DH and I are currently very happy employees with them, and the package we both have is very family orientated (emergency childcare if your child is ill and you need to be at work). Great employers, great initiative.

Hi Bunty - that is good to hear. So many of the City firms are form over substance about this stuff.

beresh Wed 16-May-12 07:37:41

Is the programme just for UK residents? I am British but am currently living in Europe and looking to re-enter the world of work. Coming to London for the course wouldn't be a problem.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-May-12 09:44:09

beresh - do apply and explain that on the form. thanks

Fabulous initiative.

Want2bSupermum Thu 17-May-12 01:46:34

Are they going to offer something like this in New York? I am thinking of taking a break and if this program existed in NYC I would be much more comfortable taking a 12-18 month break.

Putthatbookdown Sat 19-May-12 21:11:01

Yes please

Solo Sun 20-May-12 10:42:35

I doubt that being responsible for inmates is what they are looking for AnnMumsnet (??)

Want2bSupermum Sun 20-May-12 12:15:44

Solo I would say that experience is perfect for some trading floors.

Solo Sun 20-May-12 12:19:43

But I'm not sure that's what they're looking for. I'm due to return to work by January and I'm dreading it, so would love a change of direction...just not qualified to change it iyswim?

Solo Sun 20-May-12 12:25:10

Although...I did run a department in a store and had 3 pt staff and I was in a supervisory role for London Transport, but these were a Lifetime ago...20 years and more!

Solo Sun 20-May-12 12:25:43

I think I've lost my confidence.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 20-May-12 16:37:09

Go on Solo - apply - you never know! Direction changers are welcome.....

Solo Sun 20-May-12 23:49:17

I did consider applying, but I really doubt I have anything to offer and I really hate the thought of looking stupid amongst the high flying managerial types! and childcare would be a problem too......
Will give it some thought.

Gigaflops Tue 22-May-12 11:17:31

Would love to but am on holiday! aargh! Hope they get another session scheduled...

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-May-12 17:05:41

Thanks to everyone who has applied so far....we've just (due to meeting arrangements) been able to extend the deadline for applying to Monday 28 May at 5pm (OP has been amended) thanks..

MoreBeta Wed 23-May-12 12:40:29

I applied. Curently looking to restart professional career and facing some unexpected difficulties. Not sure if they expect any Dads to apply but looks interesting.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 23-May-12 16:28:22

UPDATE: For this programme BoAML say you don’t need to have managed people to apply and they are keen to consider as wide a pool of candidates as possible.

Frontpaw Thu 24-May-12 13:44:04

Wow! What a great thing to offer! And they aren't trying to charge for it (unlike so many other places who are 'helping' you back into the workplace).

Am dusting off my suit and heels as I type.........

Solo Thu 24-May-12 16:31:36

I just can't do it because of the school run...and I can't afford a cm, it would be hard enough finding train fare, so that's that I think.

Frontpaw Thu 24-May-12 16:41:03

Solo, can't you try to get some play dates for those days?

Solo Thu 24-May-12 16:42:53

Don't do play dates... sad

Frontpaw Thu 24-May-12 17:43:49

Not for you, for the kids! [Wink]
Can you call in some favours?

Solo Thu 24-May-12 23:38:20

smile Awww!!

No, seriously, the only person that might have helped can't as her Dc's are at different schools and not near mine iyswim?
Still thinking about how I can get round it though...

might only have jeans to wear too... blush

Frontpaw Fri 25-May-12 07:09:41

Pop your name down - its a month away. I can lend you a suit!

Frontpaw Fri 25-May-12 07:53:18

Do we know how many people put their names down?

Frontpaw Fri 25-May-12 07:55:32

Bugger - I don't think I put that I was a manager for donkey's years on my form. See - that is just how much help I need!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 26-May-12 10:06:40

Frontpaw - we've had a good response to this - but BofAML really want as many folks to apply as possible so they can choose a good variety.

If you want me to add anything to your form please pm me and state what and where! thanks

Frontpaw Sat 26-May-12 21:24:43

Oohgreat! I'll have another glass of wine and a think...

yummybunny Mon 28-May-12 03:09:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sybilwibble Wed 06-Jun-12 00:18:57

anyone heard anything yet? Will we at get a "No thank you" if we're unsuccessful?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Jun-12 10:48:01

Hello - have heard they will be in touch with folks today. Best of luck...

amvidyaa Wed 06-Jun-12 16:08:46

Anyupdate for people who have applied for the same

OneHandFlapping Wed 06-Jun-12 16:11:23

I have got a place. smile

Frontpaw Wed 06-Jun-12 17:57:03

Has anyone 'got the call' yet?

WillColbert Wed 06-Jun-12 17:59:32

I have got a place too - really looking forward to it.

Frontpaw Wed 06-Jun-12 18:35:01

Oh dear, no news then, can't be good. Pooh. Back to the drawing board then... 15 years work experience... whinge whine

sybilwibble Wed 06-Jun-12 23:52:19

smile Me too. Very pleased indeed.

Solo Thu 07-Jun-12 03:18:16

See! I knew it was no good me applying!!

peggyblackett Thu 07-Jun-12 08:04:52

No place for me either <retires to shit heap of mediocrity>.

Well done to those of you who did get a place - I hope you have a fun time smile.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 07-Jun-12 11:40:28

Well done to those with a place and sorry for those who didn't get the call/email - we did have a relatively large number of applicants in the end.

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