Does an 18-month career break mean that I can’t have worked at all for at least 18 months?

No. If you have been working on a small-scale or in a non-professional role to fit around family or other commitments, you are welcome to apply. The 18-month period covers the period up to the start of the programme in January 2023. Please clearly state your career break on your CV.

What types of flexible working are available during and after the programme?

The forms of flexible working on offer will depend on each company and role. Please see each individual company advert for further information.

Can I apply to more than one of the participating companies?

You can apply to more than one participating company but please be targeted in your selection

I’m not free on the interview days. Can I apply anyway?

Please do apply but we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate other interview dates

Will you be running any programmes after this one?

At the moment, this is the only programme of this type that is scheduled for 2023

Is this a paid programme?

Yes, roles will be paid at a suitable professional level

Is the programme open to men as well as women?

No, the programme is funded by the Scottish Government Women Returners Fund.  It is only open to women to apply.

I’d like to work for one of the companies, but my area of expertise isn’t listed. Should I apply anyway?

First look at the other participating companies to see if your skills and experience are a better fit. If not, and you feel that your skills and experience may be relevant, you can send your CV with an explanation in your cover letter

Do I need to attend the October Launch Event in order to apply?

No, you do not need to attend the launch event to apply.

How do I apply?

You will find details on how to apply to each company at the bottom of their specific programme adverts.

For queries on specific company placements, please contact the individual company via the email on their advert.

If you have any other questions on the programme which are not covered here, please contact

The Women Returners Programme is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland.