Returner Programmes: Best Practice Guidelines for Employers

Co-authored for the Government Equalities Office

Career Returners (previously Women Returners) worked with Timewise and the Government Equalities Office to write the “Returner Programmes: Best Practice Guidelines for Employers” (March 2018) based on our combined experience, and on existing and new research evidence. This guidance formed part of the Prime Minister’s £5m commitment in the 2017 Spring Budget to promote returner programmes in the public and private sector.

As the returner programme market grows, it’s important that all businesses benefit from the learnings from the early initiatives. We are keen to promote best practice, so that any new programmes are designed and developed in a way that benefits both the organisation and the returners. We want to show that setting up a returner programme is achievable, cost-effective and makes commercial sense, whatever the size and sector of your organisation.

That’s what the guidance sets out to achieve. It offers practical advice and information on every stage of designing and running a returner programme, from setting out the business case, to designing programmes with flexibility built in. It’s an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to help encourage skilled people back into the workplace, and support them when they get there.

Download a free copy of the guidance on GOV.UK: Returner Programmes: Best Practice Guidelines for Employers

To read more about the context and objectives for the guidance, read our Guest Blog for the Government Equalities Office (4 March 2018)

Contact us on to find out how we can partner with you to tailor the guidance to your own context and business objectives.