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’ (returning professional internships) into the UK since 2014, and have partnered with a number of organisations to jointly develop and run returnships and other practical and innovative returner programmes. Our clients include EY, O2, Skanska, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Bloomberg, Balfour Beatty, J.P. Morgan, M&G Investments, The Cabinet Office and a variety of other large corporates and SMEs.
We have specialised expertise in returner coaching, together with an in-depth psychological and commercial understanding. Our unique four-stage Returner Coaching Programme has supported many cohorts of returner programme participants to effectively make the transition back to mid-to-senior corporate roles.
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 community of over 2,300 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 hosted a large-scale Women Returners Conference in London in 2016, 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
“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.