Finance, Legal & FinTech Returners Scotland
Creating Routes Back to Employment for Women after a Career Break
Following the success of our Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme, Women Returners has been awarded Scottish Government funding to run the Finance, Legal & FinTech Returners Scotland Programme. This cross-company programme will enable organisations to pilot a returnship in a highly cost-effective manner.
We are partnering with the following business services companies in or near Edinburgh or Glasgow, who recognise the benefits of diversity and are interested in bringing talented returning professionals into their organisations.
Participating companies are:
- Financial Services: Barclays, Grant Thornton, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Kames Capital
- Legal: Brodies, Burness Paull, CMS Law, Dentons
- FinTech: Computershare, ShareIn
The programme is currently advertised here: http://wrpn.womenreturners.com/finance-legal-and-fintech-returners-scotland/
The Returnship Programme
- A returnship is a paid higher-level internship for professionals returning after a long career break, with transition support provided and the opportunity to apply for permanent roles at the end of the programme if it is successful for both company and returner. This funded programme is targeted at women professionals.
- The programme will run for 16 weeks, November 2018 to February 2019, and will be driven by the recruitment needs of the participating organisations.
- Government funding will pay for all of the consulting, promotional, manager and participant support for the programme, including a returnship toolkit, programme advertising, line manager training and a four-stage cohort-based Returner Coaching Programme. Participating companies will provide suitable-level professional work, will pay returner salaries and will provide an internal mentor.
What are the business benefits?
- Returning professional women are a relatively untapped high-calibre talent pool. Accessing this hard-to-reach group helps to refill the female talent pipeline at managerial levels.
- Increasing diversity of gender, age and experience has been proven to improve financial performance and innovation and helps to strengthen client relationships.
- Returnships will also help to reduce the gender pay gap. Hourly wages for well-qualified returners fall on average about 4% for each year out of employment. We work with companies to ensure that returnships are professionally paid and that careers are re-established at the right pay level.
- Our Returners to Financial Services Scotland programme provided a wealth of talent to 12 financial services companies in Scotland. “Being involved in the Returners to Financial Services Scotland programme has been a really positive experience and it was a pleasure to meet so many incredibly smart and knowledgeable women during the interview process. We committed to offer three women roles at CYBG and each has settled into their new positions and is making a significant contribution in their teams, as well as the wider business.” CYBG, Glasgow.
About Women Returners
Women Returners is a consulting, coaching and network organisation working with employers across sectors to access, support and retain returning professionals. We pioneered the introduction of returnships into the UK and have led the rapid growth of the returner programme market in England. We have partnered with many leading employers including EY, O2, Skanska, Fidelity International, Virgin Media, M&G Investments, The Cabinet Office and The Home Office. We also run a free network for over 4,000 returning professional women.
As the UK experts, we frequently provide expert commentary on women returners and returnships in national media (e.g. BBC R4 Woman’s Hour, The Scotsman, The Sunday Times, The Guardian), at Government/public forums (e.g. APPG Women and Work) and at industry association events (e.g. Scottish Investment Operations, Women’s Engineering Society, ICAEW). We have recently co-written best practice employer guidance on returner programmes for the UK Government.
The programme is now full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on future programmes.