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The Official Returner Programme Dictionary

What’s the difference between a returnship and supported
hiring? Are all returner programmes returnships? In the last year
many different types of returner programme have appeared – some days even we get confused! To clear up the confusion, we’ve pulled together a definition of each type of programme. Here’s our new …
Returners Returner Programme Dictionary
Returner Programme
generic term for an initiative targeted specifically at people returning to work after a long career break, including returnshipssupported hiring programmes, returner events, return-to-work
and returner training
higher-level professionally-paid internship for returning professionals. A
returnship is a short-term contract (usually for 3-6 months), with a strong
possibility but not a guarantee of an on-going role at the end of the
programme. With most returnships, particularly with larger organisations,
support in the form of mentoring/training/coaching is provided. Returnships are
solely targeted at people who have taken a long career break. Most returnships
occur annually with a cohort (e.g. EY
), however there may be more than one programme a year. UK
returnships are listed here.
Supported Hiring Programme**
recruitment process by which a returning professional is hired into a permanent position and
provided with returner coaching support through the transition. Supported
hiring roles are usually open to any applicants, however applications are
welcomed from people who have taken a long career break. Supported hiring
as part of a returner programme can either
be on a cohort basis (eg. Aberdeen Returners Programme)
or on an on-going basis (e.g. M&G Career Returners). Note: supported hiring can also be
offered for one-off roles (e.g. Mezzvest) rather than as part of a programme.
Returner Event
An event for organisations to engage,
support and attract returning professionals. A Returner Conference is a
large-scale form of returner event for a large audience over one or two days
(e.g. Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s
Returning Talent Programme
). Returner events can also be run for a
smaller more targeted audience (e.g. Bloomberg Returner Circle) and/or with a shorter
format (eg. Central Government Career Changers
Return-to-Work Fellowship
funded fellowship for returners to research careers, usually in STEM
fields. Fellowships are typically for 1-3 years. One longstanding example is
the Daphne Jackson Fellowship.
Returner Training Programme
form of returner programme where people who have
taken a long break are retrained into a new or related field, reskilled to
return to practice in their previous field or provided with a supportive
refresher programme. This can be combined with a committed on-going role at the
end of the training (e.g. FDM Getting Back to Business) or with a potential ongoing role (e.g. CMS Return to Law Programme) or be stand-alone (e.g. Come Back to Nursing).
Note: some Returner
Returner Coaching Programme
tailored form of coaching to support people returning to work after a
career break, ideally addressing both the psychological and the practical
challenges, to enable them to be more satisfied and more productive. Offered as
part of some returnships and supported
programmes. Can be offered for individuals or in
groups (e.g. Women Returners Returner Coaching Programme)
invented & trademarked by Goldman Sachs, 2008
**term invented
by Women Returners, 2015

Posted by Julianne