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Return to Work Retraining Programme

Frequently asked questions

Are you intrigued by our Return to Work Retraining Programme and fancy a new career in software development, but have some outstanding questions? You should find most of the answers you’re looking for here.

Who can apply for the Return to Work Retraining Programme?

To be eligible for the programme you will need to:

  • be returning from an extended career break of two or more years
  • have GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in Maths and English
  • have received no formal training or degree qualification in computer science/software development
  • have no formal experience of work as a software developer/engineer
  • have had experience in the workplace, but there is no specific requirement for professional services experience
  • be available to attend the Deloitte induction week and upfront training course in central London from 7 October 2019 to 17 January 2020 (inclusive), Mondays to Fridays, 09:00 – 17:00 each day (excluding 23 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, inclusive)

What is the application close date for the programme?

The application close date for the Return to Work Retraining Programme is 23 June 2019.



How is the programme structured?

The Retraining Programme will be structured as follows: 

  • A one week Deloitte induction beginning 7 October 2019
  • A three month full-time upfront training course, from 14 October 2019, run by Makers Academy from their campus in London where you will start to develop your technical skills
  • An apprenticeship End Point Assessment following nine months of performing the role with Deloitte, to achieve a level four Software Developer Apprenticeship qualification
  • A permanent role at Deloitte working on client engagements within our Consulting or Risk Advisory business 

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What will I get with this route into Deloitte?

After an extended period out of the work environment, we understand that you’ll need to bring your knowledge up to date.

First you will attend a three month training course run by Makers Academy, where you will:

  • learn key coding and software developer curriculum, covering topics such as databases, coding languages, deployment processes and tools
  • complete workshop and team-based self-directed learning

From the minute you join Deloitte following your training course, we will support you in your transition back to work. You will:

  • have access to bespoke returner resources to help you refresh your skills in those important early weeks
  • be assigned a Deloitte coach to support your personal development
  • receive frequent support from a Makers coach to monitor your progress/skill development and help you build evidence for the apprenticeship end point assessment (EPA) during your first nine months of performing the role
  • have access to our returner network
  • receive support from a line manager (for your day-to-day work) and your sponsoring partner
  • you’ll also receive coaching sessions, run by external coaches who also facilitate our award-winning Working Parents Transition Programme

Is this programme full-time?

The three month upfront training course is full-time due to the need to retrain over a set period; sessions are held Mondays to Fridays, 09:00 – 17:00 each day.

However, at Deloitte we offer a variety of agile ways of working, both formal and informal, as we recognise that flexibility is important to our people.

We believe the best impact is the value we add, not the hours we sit at our desk. We carefully consider agile ways of working that allow for the best impact for our people and our clients.

If you are looking for an agile working pattern beyond the three month training course, please speak to your recruiter who can work with you to explore options.


Is the role a permanent position?

Yes, you will be permanently employed by Deloitte and your first twelve months will encompass completion of the apprenticeship.


What qualification will I get?

After successful completion of the twelve month apprenticeship end point assessment (EPA), you will receive a level four Software Developer Apprenticeship qualification.

Do I need a degree to apply?

No degree is required to apply for this programme and in order to meet the apprenticeship criteria, you must not hold a qualification at degree or higher level in a subject similar to software development or coding.

If you do hold a degree in Computer Science, we will need to investigate the curriculum of your degree to ensure a significant difference from this apprenticeship.

Participants will require a grade C or above in Maths and English GCSE, or equivalent.

For further details of our requirements, please review the Return to Work Retraining Programme job advert.


How much of the training will I be expected to complete in my own time?

There will be no mandated training in your own time. All formal learning will take place during working hours

Whilst there is no formal requirement to study in your own time, a range of optional support and resources will be made available to help set you up for success when you join the programme.

Where will I be based?

The three-month upfront training course will be based at the Makers Academy campus in central London.

We have carefully considered the location of roles for the Retraining Programme following the upfront training course. Due to the fact that the ‘host’ teams are located in central London, the permanent roles for this first cohort of new Software Developers will also be London-based. Following the training course, domestic travel will be required, dependent on the projects you work on.

If you are interested in opportunities outside of London, our Return to Work supported hiring offers a number of opportunities across the UK. Please review our open roles for a position which is a good match for your skills and experience.

Why is the programme London based only?

We know that a very valuable aspect of returnship programmes is the opportunity to develop a network of peers who are returning back into the workplace at the same time and can support and learn from one another.

As such, we have chosen to launch the first cohort of the Return to Work Retraining Programme in London, and have partnered with Makers to deliver the three month upfront training course. The permanent roles for this first cohort of new software developers will be central London-based with their host teams. We hope to grow the programme from there.

Deloitte has many Return to Work supported hiring roles across the UK, if interest please visit here

Can I take annual leave during the programme?

During the three month upfront training course, there is a two week mandatory break for Christmas

During this time period you will be required to take these two weeks as annual leave, to ensure you use your 2019 annual leave accrual. No other annual leave can be taken during the training course period.

Once you join the business, standard Deloitte annual leave quota and processes apply.

How does this differ to Deloitte’s Return to Work supported hiring opportunities?

Deloitte’s Return to Work supported hiring opportunities are open to those (who are returning from an extended career break of two years or more) with previous experience and existing skills in the relevant role for which they are applying

The Return to Work Retraining Programme is focused on retraining returners to develop new skills. Returners will have no previous coding or software development experience and will develop these skills through the programme.

Is there an age restriction for the programme?

No. We do not apply age criteria when reviewing applicants’ suitability for the programme.


How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for the Return to Work Retraining Programme, you’ll need to supply your CV as part of your application. 

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What is the recruitment process?

If your application is successful, you will be invited to complete a 30-minute online assessment in which we’ll learn more about you, how you like to operate in a work setting and the way in which you approach logical thinking challenges

Selected candidates will then be reviewed by Makers Academy who run the upfront training course. You’ll be asked to complete an online training module teaching you the basics on coding and software development and - once complete - you will have a telephone conversation with Makers to discuss your interests and motivation for a career as a software developer.

If your telephone conversation goes well, there will be one further coding challenge, based on everything you have already learned through the online training module.

The final stage is then to come to a Deloitte office and meet us personally. This will be a face to face interview and it will be a great opportunity for you to ask lots of questions and learn more about the role that you’ll be doing if hired.  

What happens post offer? Is there anything I need to do after I get an offer?

Like any employer operating in a regulated environment, we will need to reference you and ensure that there’s no reasons why you can’t work in our firm.  We use ‘Security Watchdog’ - a leading provider of pre-employment screening - to do this for us. They’ll ask you to complete an online questionnaire, upload your right to work and proof of residency, and complete a declaration of consent

Regulation and controls are standard practice in our industry and Deloitte is no exception. These controls provide important legal protection for both you and the firm. We are subject to a number of audit regulations, one of which requires that all Partners and audit professional staff abide by specific personal independence constraints. This prevents you and your "Immediate Family Members" from holding certain financial interests (shares, funds, bonds etc.) with any audit clients of the firm.

You must ensure you are compliant with these independence requirements (and if necessary provide evidence of your compliance) as you will need to be cleared by the Personal Independence Team before you can join the firm.

If you have any questions regarding this, please speak to your recruiter.

I haven’t interviewed for a while, what should I expect?

Your interview will focus on your personal strengths, motivation for the role your transferable skills and some questions relating to different work based scenarios.  You’ll also have the opportunity to talk through your past experience prior to your career break.

We want you to perform at your best; we care about your experience and have designed our questions to reflect the fact that you’ve had a career break.

We want more people to consider Deloitte following an extended career break and we think how we consider you for a role is a big part of that. 

What happens next?

If your application is successful, we’ll be in touch to let you know the next steps.


I have a disability or health condition; can Deloitte and Makers make the adjustments I need?

Of course. If you require an adjustment to be made, we will introduce you to somebody in HR who can support you.

Additionally, Makers coaches can work closely with you to identify appropriate workflows and assistive technology where it’s required.

If you’re in any way concerned about this, please ask. Being inclusive is very important to us.

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