A.T. Kearney launches re-entry programme Encore

13 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

Returning to work after an extended break can be difficult even for experienced professionals. In a bid to provide an innovative transition back to work for professionals, A.T. Kearney developed ‘Encore’. The 10-week programme differs from other programmes by its design to throw the participant back into the deep end of routine professional life, placing them within an active project team that carries the responsibility for delivering valuable insights and results for a client engagement.

There are many reasons to exit from professional life for a period of time: from illness to needing to care for a loved one, from family commitments to seeing the world. Doing so is, in many ways, not difficult. Re-entering professional life after an extended break is, on the other hand, often met with considerable glass barriers. Examples include employers that take a discriminatory stance on whether the break was ‘deserving’ or that belief the those out of the work world ‘have lost the ability to work’. Getting back in is often no easy feat.

To help experienced professional services people that have, for one reason or another, been away from their professional services career for a long period of time and seek re-entry, A.T. Kearney launched its Encore programme.

During the ten week programme, orientation begins at a local office, where Encore Associates are introduced to working life at the consulting firm. The participants are made aware of the resources and methodologies at the firm available to resolve client problems and create value. While taking part in the programme, participants are engaged with staff, whether professionally or at social events – all the while being brought up-to-date on current best practices within different practices.

Throughout the programme, Encore Associates will be placed within the practical sphere, with old knowledge sharpened and recent changes in methodology and knowledge brought in line with the old. The programme offers both an internship as well as bi-weekly professional development sessions. The firm remarks that “all training activities are designed specifically to build the increasingly complex skill set required to be successful in the business world and at A.T. Kearney.”

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Encore offers a number of trajectories. A select number of participants will be offered full-time employment at the firm after completion, while for others that themselves see no, or are not offered, a future at A.T. Kearney, the programme will provide a résumé builder, relevant work experience or a skill sharpener.

The programme is part of the firm’s wider commitment to diversity and inclusion, part of the firm’s wider ‘Vision 2020’ ambition “of becoming the industry’s most admired firm.” The programme is added to its other programmes addressing diversity and inclusion issues, including Flex, Pathway for Parents, Sponsorship, and the WorkSmart Programme.


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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”