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 ...
Women Returners Returner Programme Dictionary
The generic term for an initiative targeted specifically at people returning to work after a long career break, including , and .
A 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 Reconnect), however there may be more than one programme a year. UK returnships are listed .
A 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 ) or on an on-going basis (e.g. ). Note: supported hiring can also be offered for one-off roles (e.g. ) rather than as part of a programme.can either be on a cohort basis (eg.
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. ). Returner events can also be run for a smaller more targeted audience (e.g. ) and/or with a shorter format (eg. ).
A funded fellowship for returners to research careers, usually in STEM fields. Fellowships are typically for 1-3 years. One longstanding example is the .
A form of ) or with a potential ongoing role (e.g. CMS Return to Law Programme) or be stand-alone (e.g. ). 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.
Note: some include:
A 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 and programmes. Can be offered for individuals or in groups (e.g. Women Returners Returner Coaching Programme)
*term invented & trademarked by Goldman Sachs, 2008
**term invented by Women Returners, 2015