An innovation by Bank of America Merrill Lynch could see mothers who have been out of the workforce for three or more years make a comeback.

The investment bank will be holding a three-day workshop at Canary Wharf in London, geared toward helping mums become job ready. The program is designed for mothers that have opted to stay home and care for their families for the last several years but want to get back to work now.

Known as Returning Talent, the programme is in its second year and designed for people who are keen on returning to work, but feel that time spent out looking after children may have rendered them out of step with the latest requirements in their respective industries. Women with backgrounds in all sectors are invited to apply - though individuals who once worked in finance, professional, and legal services attend most frequently.

The bank will consider applicants from any industry as long as they have obvious transferrable skills, such as project management.

Overall, the workshop offers practical guidance for getting back in the game and will include CV writing tactics, interview guidelines, and panel discussions headed by bank executives that currently balance work and family.

Last year, twenty-one women participated in the programme, with over half of them obtaining jobs shortly thereafter. This year, organisers have opened the recruitment scheme up to men as well.

Successful applicants were notified last week and will attend the Returning Talent workshop on March 11, 14, and 21.