A cross-party parliamentary enquiry led by MP Flick Drummond, has today called for government and employers to do more to help women re-enter the workplace. Their top recommendation is for more ‘returnships’ to help with up-skilling and the offer of paid placements to combat CV gaps.
What a perfect springboard for Golin to announce the arrival of two returners from the Back2Businessship returners programme! Jane Bateman, the ex-Head of Brand for Egg joins our corporate communications team on a three-month returnship placement and fellow course delegate Jacqui Sanders, is also here for a two week work placement in the healthcare team. Previously head of healthcare at Ruder Finn, Jacqui will use her time to become reacquainted with strategic healthcare communications in readiness for her next role.
They both completed the 2016 Back2Businesship programme in November. The scheme – founded by f1 in 2014 and now co-hosted by Golin – was the first such programme in media, marketing and communications, supporting parents back to work after a career break.
Jane will work closely with London head of corporate, Nick Bishop, using her considerable in-house marketing experience to work on special projects for the corporate team. She will also work alongside last year’s returner, marketing director Laura Weston, to implement the creative agency’s ambitious Q1 marketing plan.
“Return to work mothers represent an untapped pool of senior talent, which is being ignored by many businesses due to the gap on their CV and desire for flexible working,” said Golin managing director Bibi Hilton. “By supporting returning women back to work, we will continue to improve diversity and get more women into leadership positions. Jane has an exemplary profile and so we look forward to reaping the benefits of her experience during her time with us.”
“The Back2Businesship programme was phenomenal; I was able to refresh my skills, update my knowledge on key trends, network with talented people and refocus my career search. It has been the stepping stone I needed to get back into work. It’s great to have been selected for Golin’s placement, I’m looking forward to delivering some exceptional value to the projects I’m working on,” said Bateman.
For more information visit http://golin.com/uk/returnship/