Women returning to the investment industry after a career break will be able to take advantage of a new UCAS-style clearing system from next month.
While the programme is aimed at all financial or professional services individuals who have taken an extended career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, chair of the Diversity Project, Dame Helena Morrissey (pictured), believes an industry-wide approach to helping professionals return to work after a career break is a further step in helping to reduce the current gender-diversity gap in the investment industry.
Dame Morrissey says the scheme can also complement individual company initiatives: "Not all investment companies have the resources to run the necessary training or returner programmes, so the idea is to do this collectively."
The scheme includes a database for returners, allowing individuals who have been out of the industry for at least a year to register their professional profiles, which can then be accessed by members of the Diversity Project. The database, which will go live to coincide with an event for returners on 19 September in London, has been designed as a tool to encourage a largely untapped pool of highly qualified, experienced and motivated talent back to the industry.
Restart is just one of the initiatives the Diversity Project is involved with that aim to create a more diverse and inclusive culture within the investment profession.
Dame Morrissey is also one of the panelists on Investment Week's Women in Investment Awards launched to encourage more women to progress and take up a career in investment by celebrating the achievements of women already in the industry.
Nominations are open until 4 September 2017 and include an award for the Most Inspiring Returner, aimed at women who have returned to work after a career break, and an award for Supporting Returners, which is open to companies in the investment sector that have supported initiatives to improve conditions for women returning to work.
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