Mums@Work launches â€˜Return to Workâ€™ programme for women resuming careers
Mums@Work, a UAE-based organisation dedicated to bringing talented women back to the workforce, has announced the launch of its ‘Return to Work’ initiative offering flexible working arrangements for women across the UAE.
The 12-week programme aims to support women returning to the workplace after a two-year or longer hiatus.
“Our decision to launch this initiative is driven by the number of talented women we have met that are struggling to return to the workplace. Many women have tremendous expertise to offer businesses in the region, but lack the platform to showcase it. The programme, developed collaboratively with the companies that partner with us, allows for part-time and flexible roles, providing the perfect opportunity for professional growth whilst balancing family life,” said Louise Karim, Managing Director of Mums@Work, part of the Mackenzie Jones group. “We have seen great response from companies in the region, who are just as committed to bringing mothers back to the workplace as we are. Over the coming months, we look to expand the programme and are keen to hear from businesses large and small that would like to join the movement.”
The initial phase of the programme will see Mums@Work connect candidates to leading global firms such as IBM, Visa, APCO Worldwide and Virgin. The ‘returnship’ offers women one-on-one mentoring, tailored on-the-job training and multiple networking opportunities to elevate their profile within the UAE business community.
“IBM has decades of experience in boosting career development and creating work-life programmes that allow women to regain their position as working professionals after embracing motherhood. The ‘Return to Work’ initiative is a demonstration of leadership and focuses on strengthening attributes such as courage, dedication, perseverance and passion that are valuable in the current work scenario,” Hisham Darwish, HR Leader – Middle East and Pakistan at IBM, said.
“The ‘Return to Work’ programme is a hugely important initiative, which we look forward to introducing in APCO’s offices in the region. As a majority women-owned global communications consultancy, founded 33 years ago by a working mother, APCO is committed to supporting the needs of working parents. We are particularly proud, for instance, that a vast majority of our female employees return to work after maternity leave. We view this as a long-term opportunity, which we hope will give more women in the UAE the career they deserve by attracting lost talent back to the communications industry,” Elizabeth Sen, Deputy Managing Director of APCO Worldwide in the Arab Region, said.
The ‘Return to Work’ programme is accepting applications until 10 September 2017, with selected candidates receiving pre-interview coaching from the Mums@Work career coaching team. To apply or find out more about the initiative, please visit www.mumsatwork.ae/returntowork or call 04 457 1760.