Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme

Are you a Scottish organisation in the financial services sector looking for a cost-effective way of trialling a returner programme, with a framework of support and the opportunity to share cross-company learnings ? 

Women Returners is partnering with financial services companies, in or near Edinburgh or Glasgow, who recognise the benefits of diversity and are looking for new talent. Join leading employers including TSB, Prudential, RBS, BNP Paribas, Independent Women, Standard Life Aberdeen and Hymans Robertson to bring experienced professional women into your organisation.

We have been awarded Scottish Government funding to develop and run the Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme. This cross-company programme will enable organisations to pilot a small-scale (1-4 person) returnship in a highly cost-effective manner, and will facilitate up to 40 experienced financial services professional women on an extended career break to get back into skilled employment.

The Returnship Programme

A returnship is a paid higher-level internship for professionals returning after a long career break, with transition support provided and a possibility of ongoing employment at the end of the programme if it is successful for both company and returner. The Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme will run for 3 months, starting in April 2018, 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 have a track record of demonstrated success in the financial services sector in England and the USA, with the majority of participants taken on into ongoing roles and many organisations now including returnships as part of their annual recruitment process.

Through participating in this programme you will receive the benefit of a full support package for your organisation and the returners, together with the opportunity to share cross-company learnings.

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 over 30 leading employers to design, promote and deliver tailored returner programmes. Our Returner Coaching Programme has successfully supported many returner cohorts on their transition back to work. Via our ever-expanding free Women Returners Professional Network, we are able to access the hard-to-reach group of professionals on career break.


Advertising will be launched in January 2018 with a launch event in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Returnships will run from April-July 2018


If your organisation is interested in participating in the Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme, please email for further information. Let us know as soon as possible if you would like to join the programme. We have limited availability, so we will work on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

In the press

Our programme has generated lots of excellent media activity in Scotland.  You can read (and listen to) a selection here: