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Returning to Work – how Women Returners make a difference

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  • Publish date: 11 September 2017
  • Archived on: 11 September 2018

Women Returners’ new Financial Services Scotland Programme aims to help female professionals back into the workplace, as the organisation’s Hazel Little explains, IMS members can benefit in many ways…

Are you looking for ways to get back into the workplace after a career break? Would your business benefit from the expertise of a senior finance professional joining your team in a supported role? If so, the new Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme may be of interest.

Women Returners 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 returnship in a highly cost-effective manner, and will enable 40 women who have been on an extended career break from mid to senior roles in the finance profession to get back into skilled employment.  No wonder then that companies such as TBS, RBS and Prudential have already signed up to offer placements.

Could you benefit?

Whether you’re looking to get back to work after a career-break or your company is looking to make the most of returning talent, getting involved in the programme brings a host of benefits.

Women Returners are looking to partner with financial services companies, in or around Edinburgh and Glasgow, who recognise the benefits of diversity and are interested in bringing talented returning professionals into their organisations.

Tapping into talent

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 on-going roles and many organisations now including returnships as part of their annual recruitment process.

A vital career boost

If you are currently on an extended career break and considering a return to work, this could be the perfect opportunity to gain CV worthy experience, update your skills and expand your professional network whilst being fully supported through the transition back to work.

A returnship is a paid higher-level internship for professionals returning after a long career break, with transition support provided and a strong likelihood of a permanent role at the end of the programme if it is successful for both company and returner.

About the programme

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.  
The programme and associated advertising will launch in October with recruitment taking place during January and February 2018.


If your organisation is interested in participating in the Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme, please email Hazel for further information.

If you are a women currently on an extended career break and considering a return to work, register your interest by emailing your CV to the email address above and sign up to the professional network for more information and regular updates.

Potential employers and returners can find out more here.

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