Women Returners Conference 2023

Employer Partners

At the Conference, you can meet our sponsor partners – leading returner employers who all look forward to meeting and talking informally with you in the small group sessions and to telling you more about their organisations in the Employer Booths. Whatever stage you are along your journey back-to-work, these employers would like to speak with you, so do take this opportunity. You will find an overview of each organisation and their returner programmes below, together with information on our Conference supporters.

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FDM Group

FDM Group is an award-winning FTSE 250 employer and strategic talent partner that works with some of the world’s largest companies, helping to develop 1000’s of careers every year. They provide individuals the opportunity to gain fully funded and expert training before being placed with one or more of their industry-leading clients.

FDM focuses on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusivity throughout the recruitment process and beyond. They support women in the workplace, encouraging females to consider a career in business and tech. As a result, 31% of their employees are female. Their 2022 mean gender pay gap was -4% (2021: 0.5%), and their median gender pay gap was -4.3% (2021: -9.6%). This means the FDM median female employee is paid more than their median male counterpart. FDM also provide equal opportunities, mentorship, and well-being initiatives, as well as networking events.

The FDM Returners Programme helps people who have taken a career break of more than 1 year return to the workplace with updated skills and enhanced confidence. Whether you are looking for a project management or business analysis role, or a more technically oriented position within software development or data analysis, FDM will get you where you want to be. Their 7–14 weeks of accredited training will build upon your previous experience and knowledge while preparing you for your new role as an FDM Consultant. You will also gain industry-recognised qualifications. On completion of the programme, you will be placed with one or more of FDM’s clients across a variety of sectors, including banking, finance, retail, and energy. https://www.fdmgroup.com/careers/returners-programme/

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan is a global leader across asset management, wealth management, banking, markets and investor services. The world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions entrust them with their business in more than 100 countries. With $23 trillion of assets under custody and $445 billion in deposits, the Bank provides strategic advice, raises capital, manages risk and extends liquidity in markets around the world. They work with the most advanced tools and technology available in financial services today. But, ultimately, it’s their people who make them successful. Coming from a wide and surprising range of backgrounds, they work together to provide the best solutions and services to their customers.

J.P. Morgan recognises that rewarding careers do not always follow a conventional route and values the diversity, fresh perspective and wealth of experience that returning professionals can bring. The ReEntry program comprises a 15-week training experience, designed to help highly accomplished individuals who have taken a career break for at least two years to return to the workforce full-time. Through hands-on experience, mentorship and coaching, participants develop leading industry knowledge and insights to return to work with ease and prepare for their long-term career. The goal is to place high performing participants who successfully complete the program into full-time positions with the firm.

Applications for 2024 program open from mid-October and you find more information here:


Lloyds Banking Group

LBG helps Britain prosper by creating a more sustainable and inclusive future for people and businesses – shaping finance as a force for good. Their mission is everything. It’s what drives them, what makes them different and defines how they profitably grow. It’s how they’ll create a future where our planet is cared for, people feel safe and included, and businesses and communities can thrive. They serve millions of individuals, families, and businesses – big and small – every day. This means they’re better placed than anyone to make the way that we spend, save, borrow, invest and protect what matters, a force for good.

LBG has five values which guide their decision making, as well as how they act and behave. They will be critical to help them change how they do things, so they can fully embrace the opportunity to grow with purpose. Their five values are People-first, Bold, Inclusive, Sustainable and Trust.

LBG have proudly been supporting UK professionals to return to work following a career break of 18 months or more for over seven years. They know that returning can feel a bit overwhelming and the timing has to be right. That’s why at Lloyds Banking Group they want to show up for you, when you’re ready, not the other way around. As well as offering you a permanent contract from day one, they provide returners with the support they need to transition back into the workplace, including a buddy system, a blended learning approach to meet your personal development needs and access to their Returners Community. Since the launch of their first returners opportunities, they have hired over 150 talented professionals into technical and leadership roles, and are now looking forward to hearing from you! Look out for new roles on their Returners Hub from the end of May onwards.



Moody’s is a global integrated risk assessment firm that empowers organisations to make better decisions. Their data, analytical solutions and insights help decision-makers identify opportunities and manage the risks of doing business with others. They believe that greater transparency, more informed decisions, and fair access to information open the door to shared progress. With over 13,000 employees in more than 40 countries, Moody’s combines global presence with local expertise and over a century of experience in financial markets. A Moody’s workforce that represents an array of backgrounds and experiences enhances their work, including the quality of their opinions, products and services. Their diversity is vital to their continued and long-term success. They strive to create a diverse, high-performing culture where their people have the opportunity to succeed. They are proud to have been recognised as one of the leading inclusive organisations by Stonewall, Human Rights Campaign and the Working Mothers 100 Best Companies.

Moody’s RE-IGNITE is a 16-week full-time return to work opportunity for individuals wishing to re-enter the workforce after a minimum two-year hiatus. Moody’s hope to find passionate and dedicated professionals who want to resume their career, hone their individual skills and flourish in their professional journey. RE-IGNITERS may initially join Moody’s for a 16-week duration, with the goal that they will become permanent employees after successfully completing their temporary assignment, or they may be hired as a permanent employee from day one under our supported hiring model. In either approach, during the initial 16 weeks, in addition to the work associated with their role, RE-IGNITERS receive coaching from Women Returners, mentoring, leadership development, networking opportunities, and guidance on trainings that could support them in their re-entry. 



Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries – from medium-size businesses to more than 45 percent of the Fortune 500.

Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Workday Opportunity Onramps® is a pathway to relaunch your career in the technology industry regardless of your background. Workday recognises that people do not follow the same path in life or their career. Sometimes people need to take a break from their career. The pause may have been taken for a whole host of reasons including but not limited to: caregiving, illness, unemployment, covid-19 impacts, immigration, asylum or refuge seeking needs. Workday embraces the pause, and the unique perspectives it can provide.

Through the Career Returner program, Workday provides on-the-job training and mentorship. Participants will make an impact at Workday by engaging in significant work, have access to many career growth and skill building opportunities; including networking, training, and ongoing professional development.

To qualify, Returners must have a minimum of three years of prior work experience and a break from their career for at least one and a half years.