WE SHAPE TECH is thrilled to announce its collaboration as a media partner with Salesforce’s program “Bring Women Back to Work“. The program aims to up- and re-skill women after maternity leave and effectively augments their chances to get a part-time job in tech.
The Importance of Bringing Women Back to Work
Women give birth and women typically are the principal caretaker of children, often resulting in a loss of (fulltime) job and them having a hard time to get an adequate part-time position, never mind ever having a career again. The subject of the importance of bringing women back to work through childcare solutions and part-time positions is a well discussed one. But looking at the importance of the subject and where companies are in providing opportunities for mothers, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
A study conducted in the UK by Professor Harkness, University of Bristol, highlights how gendered employment patterns are following childbirth:
- men typically remain in full-time work and women leaving full-time work
- loss in work experience, particularly full-time work experience, is an important part of the explanation for the gender pay gap
- women still suffer economically as a result of taking on childcare responsibilities
- women risk becoming stuck in their job roles with limited career progression
But the biggest problem by far is to find a meaningful part-time position in a company that empowers working mothers to still climb that career ladder. And this is where the #BWBW program kicks in.
In March 2020 and under the motto “We hire for attitude and train for skills”, Salesforce has implemented a comprehensive program focusing on re-introducing women with an extended career-break, to the professional world in Switzerland.
Underrepresented and overlooked – that is a general truth for women and escpecially ones returning after maternity leave. With “Bring Women Back to Work”, Salesforce has effectively created a program that augments women’s chances for a part-time job after a longer leave of absence from the workplace by helping them to re- or upskill and providing opportunities for employment through their partner network.
The one year program takes place on a quarterly basis for a max of 18 women per quarter, which means they offer 72 training opportunities for women on a yearly basis.
The Journey Back to Work
Course participants go through a comprehensive program including mentoring, coaching, personal development workshops, admin certifications, technology workshops and a safe space for sharing and exchanging experiences. Be it consultant, sales, technical or marketing – the role opportunities offered by this 12-month-program are quite diverse.
While the program cannot give a guarantee of employment, the participant’s chances are drastically increased.
Providing up-/reskill opportunities is the first step. The second and equally important step Salesforce has taken was to create a partners network built of companies that commit to hiring women exiting the program or supporting the program financially.
By February 2022, the program counts 17 hiring partners, 6 sponsors, 8 content partners and 3 media partners, one of which is WE SHAPE TECH.
How to Qualify
To apply for a space in the program, you have to fulfill the following requirements:
- Not currently working (for at least 1 year)
- Reasons for being out of work are not only “cannot find work”
- True willingness to re-skill into Salesforce & finalise the BWBW 12-month program
- Based & capable of working in Switzerland (no visa issue)
- Languages as per reqs below
- Relevant Background as per reqs below
- Able to work at least at 60%
A Journey of Success
of the participants have found a job within the Salesforce Ecosystem
has been certified on Admin and 10% has more than one certification
Contributors: 17 hiring partners, 6 sponsors, 8 content partners and 3 media partners
people volunteering and supporting the Program
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