We are the UK experts in enabling the return-to-work of professional women after an extended (longer than maternity) career break. We create supported routes back to work for this largely untapped pool of highly-qualified, experienced and motivated talent. We have pioneered the introduction and uptake of returnships into the UK since 2014. We have partnered with many leading organisations to jointly develop and run returnships, supported hiring initiatives into permanent roles and other practical and innovative returner programmes. Our clients include EY, O2, Skanska, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Bloomberg, Balfour Beatty, J.P. Morgan and M&G Investments in the private sector and The Cabinet Office and Enfield Council in the public sector We have also worked with small and medium-sized organisations who are similarly interested in the returner talent pool.
We have specialised expertise in returner coaching, together with an in-depth psychological and commercial understanding. Through our unique four-stage Returner Coaching Programme, we have supported many individuals and cohorts of returner programme participants to effectively make the transition back to mid-to-senior level roles. We understand the world of the career break parent and are able to support an effective reintegration back into corporate life.
Alongside our consulting and coaching services, we provide businesses with privileged access to the hard-to-reach group of high-calibre women on career break through our Women Returners Professional Network, a free community of over 2,700 returning professionals. As such, we have been a primary recruitment source for the majority of UK returnships to date.
We also run and co-host returner events, and host an annual large-scale Women Returners Conference in London, providing returning professional women with advice, information, inspiration and connection to returner employers.
“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.”
Head of HR, Tideway, 2016
“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.”
“Women Returners are experts in this growing niche, understand the perspectives of both returners and businesses and go out of their way to help. It gives me much hope for the future that such organisations exist. The calibre of applicants that came from the Women Returners network was excellent. They had relevant experience, met our career break criteria and were eager to re-enter the corporate world.”
Global Head of Foreign Exchange Research, Deutsche Bank, 2014