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Bridging the Gap

Location: Birmingham, Bedford, Bristol, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester
Start date: September 2018
Programme: 6 month returnship

Applications are now closed

Highways England Returners Programme – Bridging the Gap is a programme aimed at experienced professionals who have taken a career break of 2 or more years and are looking to build their career again. Working within one of their business areas, there are a range of exciting opportunities available where you will gain some great experience. Future opportunities with Highways England are also a real possibility, whether that is on a permanent or an interim basis. Apply by Sunday 3rd June 2018.

About the Programme

Roles are available for people with relevant or transferable skills in the following areas:

During the programme you will have a supportive line manager and a mentor, as well as coaching from Women Returners, to ensure you have all you need to be successful in a business that is in a period of growth.

Highways England recognises that sometimes it’s not easy to be in a full-time 9-5 position and therefore they are open to a range of flexible working options.

About you

Highways England is not only interested in people who have had previous experience in their chosen field – they want talented individuals who share their values and behaviours. It’s more about the work you’ve done rather than the industry you’ve come from. They’re looking for people who want to grow with them and be part of their journey.

If you can demonstrate how you put safety first, how you take ownership of your work and work effectively in a team, if you show passion for what you do and show integrity in how you do it – then you could be a great fit for the programme.

About Highways England

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as they invest £11 billion in England’s motorways and A Roads, boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. That’s why they’re so grateful to their c. 4,500 employees around the country. When you work with them, you’re helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. If you’d like to find out more about working with Highways England visit

To hear from their previous returners visit and read Sarah’s story.

Next steps

If you’re ready to start your return-to-work journey with Highways England, then visit Highways England Returners Jobs to find out more about the roles they have available and to apply.

Don’t forget to clearly show your career break on your CV as well as what you’ve been doing in your break and why you’d like to return to work through a Highways England returner programme.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd June 2018 (extended). Assessment days will be held in June for a start mid-September.

If you have any queries, email