We have launched a new white paper on best practice for returner programmes, following a roundtable event this September with employers and experts.
The roundtable was hosted by WM People founder Gillian Nissim and included employers from a wide range of sectors ranging from law to pharmaceuticals, rail and technology.
The event was co-sponsored by Tech Returners, which supports people who have established a career in tech and then taken a career break, and the Executive Coaching Consultancy, a one-stop solution for those running a returner programme.
Area for discussion include:
Making the business case – covering everything from skills shortages and diversity and inclusion, including addressing the gender pay gap, to the need for a multigenerational workforce.
Programme make-up – including timing and length, mentoring, access to senior leaders, line manager training, supported posts and different types of initiatives.
Outreach/recruitment – covering what works to encourage people to apply, how and where to promote initiatives, how to link initiatives to [flexible] job openings and rebuilding confidence.
Ongoing support – from cohort groups to employee network groups.
Review and evaluation – incorporating feedback, promoting success stories and scaling up.