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26 June 2019

Back2businessship Candidate Secures a Place at Oracle

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We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that presented and supported the #NoTurningBack2020 Ambassador & Advisor Event on Wednesday 24th November!


Are you looking to return to work in a PR , Communications, Media or Marketing capacity after taking time out of your career for caring reasons? Back2Businessship 2022 now open for Applications


We are delighted to welcome Koyin Akinsiku – Senior Account Executive at MSL Group as new Ambassador to NoTurningBack 2020. 


A Very Warm Welcome to Tashan Nicholas, our newest NoTurningBack2020 Ambassador


Thank you LSE for having our NoTurningBack 2020 Ambassadors talk at your Inclusive Careers Event


Vanessa Gibbin has started a 6 month contract at Oracle! Oracle is this years Back2businesship partner host and they helped make it happen!

Vanessa was introduced to Oracle at the final day ‘speed-dating’ event where she wowed them with her elevator pitch. Prior to the boot-camp, Vanessa had taken a career break for a few years and was looking to refresh her skills and meet companies who could offer her employment.

Vanessa had worked in advertising and brand consultancies for 10 years and then in-house and her last job before leaving to have children was Head of brand and marketing for Shelter.

Says Vanessa: “Once my children were both at school, I felt I was mentally ready and keen to return to work. Having not worked in marketing for 5 years, I was a little apprehensive about how things had changed and how employers would interpret my CV. A friend told me about the Back2businessship program and I felt like it was an ideal opportunity to regain my confidence, help identify and bridge my knowledge gaps having had time out. And possibly secure a short-term contract that would re-introduce me to full time work”.

Says Cathy Toft, Head of Corporate Communications, Oracle, UK & Ireland:

“Back2businessship offers the opportunity for employers to access a largely untapped pool of high-calibre experienced and motivated women and get over the concerns of some hiring managers about their lack of recent experience.  Vanessa came from a pool of talented, experienced and engaged professional women and she stood out because of her wealth of agency and in-house brand experience. We are excited about the placement and working with her.”

Says Amanda Fone, CEO & Founder f1 Recruitment : “Five years ago in response to the cry from the Marketing and PR sector  ‘where have all the bright young women gone that we hired in the 90’s’, and that’s whyI co- founded the Back2businessshipreturners programme. We offer women who have taken a career break of five to ten years +, for maternity and childcare or other reasons, a pathway back into the marketing and communications industry.

Amanda often successfully ‘persuades’ clients that what they had thought of as a straight/full-time/office based role, could in fact be filled by a returner candidate working on a more flexible basis – this has included altered hours to suit parents and home-working a few days a week. She has scores of examples of returners and clients that have benefited from her advice and placements over the last 15 years. This is on top of over 100 mum returners that have participated in the Back2businessship returners programmes, which she has run with co founder Liz Nottingham HR director at R/GA since 2013.

Back2businesship Returners Programme

Now in it’s 7thyear, Back2businessship is an annual Returners programme whichincludes two weeks of mentoring, skills assessment and up skilling, with up to 20 different modules focused on building confidence, awareness of changes in the world of work, technology changes, practical CV & interview training, given by guest speakers & training experts. On the final day f1 Recruitment runs a speed-dating event to which companies are invited to meet and interview delegates for flexible and agile placements, contracts and permanent roles in their organisations. In 2019 30% of returners on the programme are already back in paid work.

Says Amanda: “With unemployment at it’s lowest for forty years is surprising that this impressive pipeline of talent is still largely untapped.”


Thanks you Oracle for your support!