Coles introduces return-to-tech careers program

Coles is launching a new talent program with the intentions of making it easier for parents, carers and entrepreneurs to continue and grow their careers in technology.

Relauncher is designed to support those looking to return to a career in technology with Coles after a period of parental leave, care giving, entrepreneurship or further study. On successfully completing the six-month program, team members will be guaranteed a permanent position with Coles.

The first intake of the program will create up to 15 new jobs. Roles include Project Manager, Delivery Lead, Senior Business Analyst, Product Manager and Agile Coach.

Coles Group Chief Technology Officer John Cox says the retailer recognised that professionals who have had an extended absence face a number of challenges when trying to re-enter the workforce.

“The market for tech talent is more competitive than ever, so having multiple pathways and opportunities that appeal to a diverse range of talented professionals is an important part of Coles’ Better Together strategy for attracting and retaining talent,” he says.

“Our aim is to effectively provide the support, flexibility, and upskilling to help our participants have an enjoyable and productive transition back into the technology career that they love.

“This is a key part of our commitment to creating a well-rounded cohort of diverse team members and supporting career pathways for our people to grow in technology.”

To learn more about the program or to apply, visit Coles Careers. The first Relauncher program starts in January 2022, with applications closing on 17 November 2021.

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