“I have been out of the workforce for so long, who will hire me?”

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SAP's Back-to-work initiative has recently been launched in Singapore. It aims to support women who are looking to re-enter the workforce after a career break.

When her youngest child started going to school full time, Pauline Loftus Hills found that suddenly she had a lot of spare time on her hands. Initially, she was sceptical about getting back to work, because she had been absent from the scene for about six years. Finally, when she did overcome her mental block and apply for SAP’s ‘Back-to-work’ program , she was pleasantly surprised that they focussed on her skills and not on her years of absence.

Today, Pauline, Project Director, One Billion Lives SAP APJ is the face of SAP’s Back-to-Work, being the first professional to be employed under this programme. In Singapore, SAP launched the Back-to-Work programme on Oct 26, 2016.

We managed to have a tete-a-tete with Mr. Darren Rushworth, Managing Director, SAP Singapore to get to know more about this initiative. Here are some of the highlights of our conversation.

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What is SAP’s Back-to-Work programme

“The demands on the family can sometimes take women away from the workforce for a few years. Many of them are highly qualified and talented professionals who are still able to contribute effectively to the workforce.”

“SAP’s Back-to-Work programme is designed to tap into this pool of professionals and provide them with a smooth bridge back into the workforce. Our vision is for this platform to allow women to refresh their existing skills and contribute back to their workforce with their skills and talent, which is transferable to any industry,” said Mr. Rushworth.

The need for Back-to-Work

Mr. Rushworth believes that it is important to have a diverse workforce as it’s proven to have different benefits in terms of styles of thinking and innovation. Women who have gone away from the workforce for a period of time, have experience, are mature and even from a parenting perspective have diverse skills that can be tapped into. The idea is to provide a seamless transition for such women, especially mums getting back to work in Singapore.

“Basically, it’s a 6 month project-based work, where we bring the ladies in and they work in a variety of different  projects in various parts of the organisation, not just in technology, it could be in finance, marketing or business. We provide transition back into the workforce, we provide professional mentors, networking opportunities and we are also hoping that potentially some of them will go on and take permanent employment with SAP,” he said.

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