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Deloitte seeks untapped tech talent

New digital skills retraining programme for returners

13 May 2019

Deloitte is searching for untapped talent to take part in its new digital skills retraining programme for people returning to work after a career break.*

Building on the success of its award-winning return to work programme, and in response to a growing demand for coding skills, Deloitte is launching a pilot return to work retraining programme, where returners will learn valuable coding and software development skills. As with the firm’s return to work programme, while the retraining programme is designed with women in mind but open to all.

The retraining programme comprises a 12 month Software Developer Apprenticeship, beginning with a three month upfront training course with Makers Academy in London, with successful participants joining Deloitte in permanent roles and qualifying for a Software Developer Level Four Apprenticeship.

The programme is designed specifically for returners without any previous software experience, who are looking to learn new technology skills - including key coding and software developer topics such as databases, coding languages, deployment processes and tools - following a career break of two or more years. The course offers participants the opportunity to retrain, whilst receiving a salary.

Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said: “This retraining programme is a new and exciting way of bringing talented individuals back to work and filling the growing skills shortage in software development. We want to provide the opportunity for people who have had time away from work, whether for family or any other reasons, to learn new, in-demand skills.

“Across the technology industry, women are vastly underrepresented, meaning businesses, and the economy as a whole, are missing out on a hugely valuable pool of potential talent. I believe this programme, which is primarily aimed at women but open to all, will create new opportunities and support our commitment to improving the diversity of our workforce. We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds and with different experiences.”

Evgeny Shadchnev, CEO at Makers Academy, said: “From our experiences of training top tech talent, we know that it is never too late to learn to code and consider a career switch. Diversity cannot be an afterthought in the digital economy, especially for companies who wish to remain globally competitive. We need more diverse talent training as software developers and we are excited to be partnering with Deloitte to make this happen.”

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Note to editors

*This programme is for individuals who are returning to the workplace, having taken an extended career break of two or more years. Initially 13 places will be available.

Makers Academy offer an intensive course where participants learn from professional tutors from key coding to live scenarios. The course is workshop and team based with self-learning. The course also teaches softer skills such as building confidence.

Deloitte’s Return to Work journey
In 2015, Deloitte launched their award-winning Return to Work Programme and to date have helped over 50 individuals return to work.

Building on this success of the programme, Deloitte now offer year-round Return to Work supported hiring opportunities, which help people find their way back into professional services after an extended career break as soon as they are ready to re-start their careers.

All Return to Work supported hiring opportunities are now advertised through Deloitte’s main recruitment pages and will be offered on a permanent basis, unless for a specific project. Successful applicants will have access to coaching and support to refresh their skills and boost professional confidence through bespoke training in areas like IT and personal development. Previously the Return to Work Programme was structured as a 25-week internship, with a potential to extend this to a permanent role.

This Retraining Programme seeks to bring individuals back to work after an extended career break of two years or more (as with Return to Work supported hiring), but this programme is for individuals looking to retrain in a new career in technology. Individuals will join Deloitte on a permanent contract, and after twelve months successful individuals will be awarded a level four Software Developer Apprenticeship.

About Deloitte
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