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Welcome to our Return to Work - ICT programme

Here you’ll find details of our high-quality training package suitable for anyone who has taken a break from digital/ICT roles.

A collaboration to grow and nurture

We have teamed up with the LGA to give you everything you need for a successful return to work programme. We know how hard it can be to find employment, especially after a long-term break. Our resources will help build your confidence, improve your skills, make the most of your social networks and give you interview tips and preparation.

BENEFITS

For individuals

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Support and flexibility

Our programme allows you learn new digital skills at a time and pace that suits you.


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Relationship building

Establish networks of colleagues and leaders in the profession, both within the public and private sector.


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Don't feel alone

Develop your soft and technical skills and take other opportunities to get your best-self work ready.


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BENEFITS

For organisations

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Tackle agency spending

Signing up to this programme will give you access to a national pool of skilled, diverse and committed professionals, helping you to avoid agency fees.


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Cost effective recruitment

Signing up is a cost-effective way to bring experienced employees into your organisation, compared with using a recruitment agency. Through our government-funded programme, you will not incur percentage-based fees for successful hires or any fees at all.


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Improved diversity

Initiatives that help people return to work after career breaks for caring responsibilities, have a positive impact on diversifying organisations.


HOW IT WORKS

The programme timeline

Programme timeline for individuals

Stage 1: apply - use our online application form to tell us about yourself.

29 September 2020 – 11 November 2020

Stage 2: complete a video assessment by answering a series of pre-recorded questions.

18 November 2020 – 30 November 2020

Stage 3: an invitation to complete online training with Socitm will be shared with you once you have been accepted onto the programme.

From January 2021

Stage 4: here you can outline your skills and experience for employers to review.

Programme timeline for organisations

Stage 1: Return to Work – ICT launched on 29 September for candidate applications.

29 September 2020 – 18 December 2020

Stage 2: register and complete an online form to start the sign-up process.

From 18 November 2020

Stage 3: participants will be invited to complete online training with Socitm.

From January 2021

Stage 4: review the participants who have outlined their skills, experience and recent training to find and select returning professionals.

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Who can apply

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Requirements for

individuals


xxxYou must have taken a career break of 12 months or more to care for someone.
xxx All candidates must have a minimum of two years’ experience working in an ICT role.
xxxThe programme will consider applications from professionals who have caring responsibilities and have become unemployed due to Covid-19, or from those who have been in long-term unemployment.
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Requirements for

organisations


Tick iconYou must be a local authority or a public sector organisation
Tick iconYou must be able to provide mentoring and support to candidates
Tick iconYou must be in a position to offer employment either on a short-term or long-term basis

Still have questions?

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Contact LGA

Please get in touch with Local Government Association’s (LGA) Return to Work team

returners@local.gov.uk

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Contact Socitm

Please get in touch with Dominika Szulim-Wronek

return2work@socitm.net

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