Allianz launches return to work programme

Allianz Insurance has launched Returners@Allianz, a programme specifically designed to recruit talented people who have taken a career break but are looking to return to work

Susan Ferry and Victoria Wieremiej

Allianz Insurance has launched Returners@Allianz, a programme specifically designed to recruit talented people who have taken a career break but are looking to return to work.

The programme is a six month paid placement with the aim of finding long term talent, and has been created for people who have been out of the work environment for at least two years. Throughout the programme the candidates are offered training and mentoring support to help them achieve their ambitions.

The first intake joined in January as project managers for Allianz’s Business Change team and are based in its Guildford head office.

Project manager Susan Ferry commented: “When looking to return to work, I was keen to restart a career I had previously loved and put to good use both my professional experience and the personal skills developed as a parent. The programme offered by Allianz has given me the opportunity to do just this, recognising that time out of the workplace should not mean the end to a professional career.”

Senior project manager Victoria Wieremiej added: “The programme is a very forward thinking way of re-introducing experienced career-breakers to the workplace. Significant talent is lost as a result of parents leaving work to bring up children and this programme recognises the value of those skills. The programme invested considerable time and effort in the recruitment and on-boarding process and really helped me to feel valued and accepted.”

Stephanie Smith, chief operating officer at Allianz Insurance commented: “We’re excited to be launching Returners at Allianz .Taking a career gap shouldn’t stop you achieving your professional goals and by recruiting in this way we’re hoping to find talented people who might not otherwise have applied to work with us.

“We are dedicated to sourcing highly skilled individuals and supporting their integration back into work. For our first intake we have successfully recruited two candidates who have a wealth of business experience and we hope that they are the first of many to take part in the programme. We’re confident that hiring in this way will strengthen our business and add to the talent of our diverse workforce.”

The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 86 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing over 650 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers while our asset managers Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO manage an additional 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold a leading position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2016, over 140,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenue of 122 billion euros and an operating profit of 11 billion euros for the group.

These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below.

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Such deviations may arise due to, without limitation, (i) changes of the general economic conditions and competitive situation, particularly in the Allianz Group's core business and core markets, (ii) performance of financial markets (particularly market volatility, liquidity and credit events), (iii) frequency and severity of insured loss events, including from natural catastrophes, and the development of loss expenses, (iv) mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (v) persistency levels, (vi) particularly in the banking business, the extent of credit defaults, (vii) interest rate levels, (viii) currency exchange rates including the euro/US-dollar exchange rate, (ix) changes in laws and regulations, including tax regulations, (x) the impact of acquisitions, including related integration issues, and reorganization measures, and (xi) general competitive factors, in each case on a local, regional, national and/or global basis. Many of these factors may be more likely to occur, or more pronounced, as a result of terrorist activities and their consequences.


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