Women Returners is a consulting, coaching and network organisation working with employers across sectors to access, support and retain returning professionals, a largely untapped pool of highly-qualified, experienced and motivated talent. We are experts in enabling talented professionals to restart their careers after an extended career break.

Consulting

We pioneered the introduction of returnships into the UK and have led the rapid growth of the returner programme market. We have partnered with many leading organisations, providing end-to-end support in designing and delivering tailored returner programmes: returnships, supported hiring initiatives into permanent roles and returner events. Our clients include EY, O2, Skanska, Fidelity International, Macquarie Group, Bloomberg, Balfour Beatty, Virgin Media, M&G Investments, The Cabinet Office, Enfield Council and The Home Office.

Coaching

We have specialised expertise in returner coaching, together with an in-depth psychological and commercial understanding. Through our bespoke four-stage Returner Coaching Programme, we have supported many individuals and cohorts of returner programme participants to effectively make the transition back to work. We understand the world of the career break professional and are able to support an effective reintegration back into corporate life.

Connecting

Through our ever-expanding Women Returners Professional Network, a network community of over 3,000 returning professionals, we link employers with the hard-to-reach group of high-calibre women on career break. We are the main recruitment source for UK returnships with leading employers.

We also connect employers with returners through our returner events, primarily our annual Women Returners Conference in London, running again in November 2017.

What our clients say about us:

“At O2 we are always looking for new ways to attract talent and specifically female talent in STEM. Women Returners provided us with a one stop shop of well qualified candidates and professional support to launch the first of our programmes. Julianne and the team at Women Returners supported us every step of the way, from supporting with the design of our recruitment process, helping to identify the candidates to shaping the programme and training. With a focussed and consultancy approach Women Returners were willing to tailor to suit the company and the requirements of the O2 programme. Following the success of the programme we sponsored the Women  Returners Conference which was a massive success and again showed the amazing talent looking to return to the workplace.”

Judith Hunt, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, O2
“We began working with Women Returners on a pilot programme within our Technology division in 2016. Their advice, support and commitment to understanding our business areas was exemplary. Julianne’s participation in client meetings was key to the programme being well received internally and the overall success of the first programme enabled us to expand into other business areas in 2017. We are currently running our 2nd programme with their support and have felt like a valued client every step of the way. It is a pleasure to partner with a company whose values are so closely linked with our own and who share a passion for creating meaningful routes back into corporate life”.
Stephanie Marshall, Talent Acquisition Lead UK & Ireland, Fidelity International

I believe that working with Women Returners is the most effective and efficient way to run a returner programme. They have the expertise, the networks and the knowledge and provide a specialised and independent source of support to HR and to the participant group. After 30 years in HR, I have extensive experience but not of supporting people back to work after long career breaks. Women Returners made this process easy for us and were a major factor in the success of the returnship. I would not run another programme without them.”

Julie Thornton, Head of HR, Tideway

If you are an organisation interested in bringing returning professionals into your business, contact Julianne Miles at info@womenreturners.com