Howden joins cross-sector returners programme to encourage women back into the workplace


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Howden joins cross-sector returners programme to encourage women back into the workplace

We are proud to announce that Group business’ Howden Broking and DUAL are part of a cross-sector returners programme to encourage more “career break” women to return to the insurance industry.  The initiative is led by Inclusivity Partners, which provides clients with access to diverse talent, either through bespoke returner programmes or through supported hiring.  Opportunities are open in the UK across all disciplines, including underwriting, broking, claims, actuarial, exposure management, risk and some corporate functions.

According to the most recent data* from the Association of British Insurers, although 55% of people entering the industry are female, that proportion drops to 29% at board level and 24% at executive level, with a steady decline from manager upwards.

The programme will enable participating firms to tap into the “forgotten army” of experienced women who are ready to return to work after a career break. Talented people who are ready to return will be given the tools and confidence they need to step back into their careers and connect with organisations that recognise their value.

Other participating organisations include AIG Life Limited & American International Group UK Ltd, Chubb, Chaucer Group, Lockton, Marsh, Phoenix Group and Willis Towers Watson.

The organisers use a tailored assessment process which looks for potential, acknowledges the full breadth of a candidate’s experience and understands that breaks should not be career limiting.  The programme is open to women and men returning from a career break. Successful candidates will be offered:

  • A six month paid placement in one of the participating organisations
  • A thorough training, onboarding and induction process
  • One-to-one specialist coaching

The programme is open for applicants now.  Successful candidates will start work in September 2021 on six-month contracts, with the aim being to transition to a permanent role at the end of that period.

Interested applicants can apply here:

*Source:  Association of British Insurers, 23/02/2021