AO plugs in support to spark returner careers in technology

Online electricals retailer, AO, has announced it will support individuals looking to return to roles in technology by teaming up with Manchester-based organisation, Tech Returners.

North West based, AO will support 16 individuals through eight-week programme designed to enable a return to a technology role after a career break, with the opportunity for all 16 to apply for a role at AO at the end of the programme.

The eight week ‘Your Return To Tech’ programme provides skilled tech professionals returning to industry accessible opportunities to refresh their skills and reignite their career. The programme recognises the need from businesses growing their teams to bring tech talent to the market quickly and with the skills in place to hit the ground running in mid-senior-level technical roles.

The entirely remote learning experience boasts a curriculum which includes refreshing existing tech skills, front end frameworks ‘React’ (Hooks, Context, API) alongside Cloud technologies (AWS tooling), delivered alongside platform engineering skills such as infrastructure as code CI/CD and monitoring. Uniquely, individuals taking part in the programme will also take live briefs from AO to work on throughout the eight-week period.

This will be the eighth time the programme from Tech Returners has run in the North West and this time is supported as a result of the organisation having been awarded the GMCA Digital Fast Track Funding which enables growth and support for businesses.

Since 2017 Tech Returners has empowered more than 55 returners, 49 of those women, into mid-senior level technical careers with businesses like AutoTrader,, Lloyds Banking Group, ANS and Infinity Works and has worked exclusively with the BBC in Manchester and London respectively. The organisation is currently running a cohort of the programme in London working with businesses including Eigen Technologies, Alfa, BlackRock and Xero.

Commenting on the programme Director of Group IT at, Carl Phillips, said: “At AO, we’re always looking for people who have a real passion for what they do. For us, it’s not always about having years of experience, it’s about the individual so we’re looking forward to working with this group and taking part in the scheme with Tech Returners.”

Tech Returners, CTO & Co-Founder James Heggs said: “We’ve had a really strong relationship with AO for a while now, they’ve been great supporters of our programme and so we’re really excited to be bringing our programme to them exclusively and delivering tech talent directly into their teams. We know they will be getting some first-class technical talent and for our returners we know we’re connecting them with a business that cares about them and their career and that aligns with our core values of enabling returner journeys back to technology”

The programme is open to anyone returning to a technical career or who have a technical qualification and who have taken a career break from tech for six years or less. Individuals interested in applying for the programme can learn more at

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