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We enjoy partnering with our employer partners across sectors, all sharing our commitment to bringing returners back into organisational roles in a supportive and mutually-beneficial way. Here is what they say about working with us.
“We first came across Women Returners when we saw an article about them, and were inspired to learn of an organisation who had expertise in both connecting and supporting employers with finding and hiring returning talent as well as being able to provide coaching to support the returner themselves back into the workplace. We were seeking a Commercial Solicitor and had been struggling to find the right talent via conventional routes. Looking to the Women Returners network to promote our role with the knowledge that they would help us support the candidate back into the workplace was very attractive to us. We have been delighted to be able to source a very talented former Solicitor back into the workplace after a 12 year break. She brings a wealth of commercial experience as well as wider skills and perspective as a result of the career break itself. We have also just confirmed a second offer to another high calibre Returning Solicitor also returning after a long career break from law. We are delighted with this creative and smart way of sourcing great talent”.
Peter James, Director, Commercial IP IT Dept, Clark Holt
“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. 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.”
“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
“We launched our Career Returner Programme to attract talented qualified professionals to a career in local government. This was a key part of our recruitment strategy to recruit to roles where we have traditionally struggled to source good candidates. Working with Women Returners we recognised there is an ‘untapped’ talent pool of local people looking to return to their profession following an extended career break. Women Returners were an obvious partner as they have achieved so much in this area and have extensive experience as well as a vast network of potential candidates. Women Returners have provided the coaching element of the Programme which will support our candidates back into meaningful work following their career break. I’m confident that our Returners will all go on to have successful careers at Enfield Council. This is an important initiative and I’m proud that Enfield Council is the first public sector organisation to launch a returner programme. I would highly recommend Julianne and her team at Women Returners to any organisation.”
Julie Mimnagh, Head of HR Operations, Enfield Council