If you’ve been out of work for a while you might be eligible to join returner programmes.
What is a returner programme?
Returnships are for people who have taken a career break and are looking to return to work.
Employers are usually looking for candidates who have been out of the workplace, or not working in their usual profession, for a minimum of 2 years. This isn’t always the case though, so check the programme details.
The employer gains from a pool of high-calibre experienced and motivated people who are keen to get back to their profession. Opportunities are often available in: technology, financial services, e-commerce, or professional services organisations.
What are the benefits for me?
- They’re a great way of overcoming the ‘CV gap’ barrier to employment.
- The employers often provide flexible working options.
- The programmes enable you to transition back into the workplace through a structured, supportive programme.
- It will help you build your confidence and update your industry knowledge. The programme may include coaching, mentoring, on the job experience and some classroom learning.
- At the end of the programme you may be able to secure a permanent position within the company. If you’re not offered a role you can use the contacts you’ve built and your updated experience to secure a job elsewhere.
Where can I find details of returnships?
The following websites are useful for finding returner programmes. You can also find opportunities on the major job sites by adding ‘returners programme’ into the search box.
Ten2two – Is a Hertfordshire based recruitment agency focused on flexible careers. They often work with businesses to source candidates for returnship programmes.
We love to hear from Careers Springboard members who have secured a role. It helps motivate others and helps us attract more funding to be able to help more jobseekers.