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If you’ve been on a career break for a year or more, playing catch up can feel daunting. That’s why going on a returnship programme can be a brilliant way to reignite your career.

Available returnships

Want to see what's currently available? Here are employers who currently have Returnship programmes

What are returnships?

Want to know more about what Returnships are and how they work? Check out our FAQs

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Returnship FAQs

Not sure what returnships are or how they work? The below should help - and if you want to ask anything else, please do contact us.

Who is eligible to go on a Returnship programme?

Returnship programmes have been specifically designed to support people back into the workplace who have taken an extended career break, typically for 2 or more years. The most common reasons for taking a career break are for parenting and caring responsibilities or for health reasons.

Are Returnship programmes open to both men and women?

Yes, they are. However, the majority of the returners who go on the programmes are women.

What happens on a Returnship?

Each programme will be specific to the organisation running the programme. However, they are all encouraged to provide you with a combination of on the job training, individual and group coaching, mentoring as well as hand on work experience.

Are Returnship programmes full time?

In the past they have been. However and increasingly so especially since Covid19 companies are more open to structuring their programmes to incorporate flexible working so that returners have a longer period to adjust to coming back to work. The nature of the flexible working pattern will vary for each organisation.

Will I get paid whilst on a Returnship programme?

Yes, you will. All Returners are paid, for the duration of their Returnship, at a salary commensurate with the type of role and the seniority of the position.

Will I get a job at the end of a Returnship programme?

A job at the end of the returnship programme is not guaranteed. However, at the end of a returnship programme, you will have gained invaluable experience and you may well choose that staying with the company does not fit with your plans.

What Returnships are available right now?

All current returnships are listed higher up on this page, New ones are added regularly, so we encourage you to register on our site so that you can receive email alerts.

A word from a successful candidate

“Having become more and more aware of “returnships” I recognised this could be a good way to restart my professional career. I have been on a career break for over ten years and the time was right for me to return to work. I realised that I really wanted to use my skills and experience in the commercial business environment and work with high performing teams again.

"The EY Reconnect programme was advertised on 2to3days at just the right time. It offered an opportunity to return to management consultancy within a supportive framework where I could refresh my skills over a 12 week period. I spent time updating my CV and Linkedin profile and this gave me the confidence that I have a current and valuable skill set even after a long career break.”

Chloe Wilmot, EY Reconnect Career Returner