Returners to Business Services Scotland Programme

(Funded by Scottish Government)

Following the success of our Returners to Financial Services Programme, we’re delighted to have been awarded Scottish Government funding to develop and run the Returners to Business Services Scotland Programme. This cross-company programme will run in Edinburgh and Glasgow and will enable experienced professional women on an extended career break to get back into skilled employment.

The Returnship Programme

The Returners to Business Services Scotland Programme will run for 16 weeks, starting in November 2018, with transition support provided and the possibility of permanent employment at the end of the programme, if it is successful for both company and returner. The programme will be driven by the recruitment needs of the participating organisations. Participating companies will provide suitable-level professional work and will pay your salary. You will gain recent and relevant CV experience within a suitable level, professional role while practically testing out the role and the company to assess whether it’s a good fit. You will also will receive support from an internal mentor and a group Returner Coaching Programme from Women Returners, as well as peer support from other returners.

“As someone who has been out of the workplace for several years, I had written off the idea of returning to a corporate role but this programme has reminded me that my skills and experience are relevant and valuable to employers.  Support on the programme has been exceptional with engagement from my employer and the experienced Women Returner coaches who really understand the challenges in returning to work.  Having a ready-made group of like-minded women also on the programme has been invaluable.  This is a really positive programme and it’s great to be part of it.” Returner, Financial Services Scotland Programme 2018.

Participating Companies

We already have some leading business services companies signed up to participate in the programme. Check back here for updates.


Advertising will be launched in September 2018 on our Women Returners website.

Recruitment will take place during October 2018

Returnships will start in November 2018 and will run for 16 weeks.


If you are interested in participating in the Returners to Business Services Scotland Programme, please sign up to our professional network to receive updates on the programme as it develops, and to register your interest in the programme email Hazel on hazel@womenreturners.com with a copy of your CV.