UK Returnships & Returner Opportunities

You can find a variety of opportunities for returning professionals below, including returnships, supported hiring returner programmes and roles, and corporate returner events (see our Returner Programme Dictionary for explanations). We’ve included past programmes for reference as many are run on an annual basis. Do tell the company that you found the programme through Women Returners. Sign up to our network to be personally emailed about our new partner programmes. 

Returnship & Returner Programmes/Roles – Applications open

Barclays Encore, London. 12 week returnship, starting October 2017. Apply by 31 August 2017

Transport for London, Smart Sourcing. 12-week returnship, starting Sept/Oct 2017. Apply by 21 August 2017

Natwest Markets Comeback, London. 12 week returnship, starting September 2017. Apply by 21 August 2017

PwC Back to Business, London and Belfast, 6 month returnship, starting 5 October 2017 (amended). Apply by 28 August 2017

Back2businessship, London. 2 week refresher programme for marketing/media/communications professionals in November 2017 with potential placements from January 2018. Apply by 4 September 2017

NEW: Mazda UK, Events & Sponsorship Manager, Dartford, Kent. Supported hiring role. Apply by 1 September 2017

Clark Holt, Senior Lawyer, Swindon. Supported hiring role. Apply asap

Pearson Ham, Engagement Manager, Pricing, London, Supported hiring role. Apply asap

UBS Career Comeback, London. Supported hiring returner programme, multiple roles. Fixed timing, starting 25 September 2017. Apply asap

O2 Career Returners, UK-wide Supported hiring returner programme, multiple roles. Ongoing application and recruitment

M&G Career Returners, London. Supported hiring returner programme, multiple roles. Ongoing application and recruitment

Vodafone ReConnect, London/Newbury/UK. Returner programme into permanent roles with 6 months support, flexible start dates. Ongoing application process

FDM Getting Back to Business Programme, London and Glasgow. Various dates through the year. Free training programme followed by client work

Opening Soon

EY Reconnect, UK-wide. 12 week returnship, Applications reopening in September for January 2018 intake

2017 Returner Programmes – Applications closed

Highways England Returners Programme – Major Projects, Birmingham, Bedford, Guildford, Manchester, Bristol. 6 month returnship, starting October 2017.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Returning Talent, Chester. Returner conference, 18-19 September 2017.

O2 Career Returners, Slough, 14 week returnship, starting October 2017.

Deloitte Return to Work Programme, UK-wide, 20-25 week returnship starting 18 September 2017.

Virgin Media Boomerang, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford, Hook (Hampshire). 6 month returnship, starting 12 September 2017.

Citi Private Bank Career Relaunch event, London, 14 June 2017.

Macquarie Returner Programme, London. 12 week returnship, starting September 2017.

Network Rail Property Returners, UK-wide, 12 week returnship, starting September 2017.

Fidelity New Horizons – Investment Returner Programme, London. 20 week returnship, starting September 2017.

CMS Return to Law Programme, London. 2 week law refresher programme, 27 June – 6 July 2017.

Tideway Returner Programme, London. 12 week returnship starting 24 April 2017.

Return@Capgemini. 6 month returnship, with cohorts starting in May and September 2017.

Morgan Stanley Return to Work Programme London. 12 week returnship starting 20th September 2017.

Man Group Returner Programme, London. 3 month returnship starting May 2017.

Lloyds Banking Group Returners Programme, Various locations in England & Scotland. 16 week returnship starting June 2017.

Home Office – Talent Bridges. 6 month part-time returnship starting April 2017.

Career Returners @ Enfield Council, London. Six month returnship programme starting 3rd May 2017.

Skanska Return to Work Programme, London and South East. 12 week returnship programme starting late April 2017.

Aberdeen Returners Programme, London, Edinburgh & Aberdeen, supported hiring returner programme, starting 3rd April 2017.

Worldpay Refresh Return to Work programme. Starting 25th April 2017.

Balfour Beatty Returners Programme, UK-wide. 21 week returnship starting 24th April 2017.

Credit Suisse Real Returns, London. 12 week returnship starting 25th April 2017.

Mizuho International, London. 10 week returnship starting 20th February 2017.

Fidelity New Horizons Technology Returner Programme, London, Surrey & Kent. 20 week returnship starting January 2017.

SapientNitro Career Returns, London. 12 week returnship for media/design/digital/tech returners starting January 2017.

Mastercard Relaunch your Career, London. 3 months from January 2017.

Mace Return to Work, London & Bristol. 12 week returnship for construction engineers and civil engineers.

Golin – Back2Businessship, London. 2 week training programme with Golin and f1 Recruitment from 7th Nov 2016 followed by Golin returnship from Jan 2017.

KPMG – Return to Work Programme,  London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester. 12 weeks from January 2017.

2016 Returner Programmes

PwC Back to Business, London. 16 weeks from 4th November 2016.

RBS Comeback Programme, London & Edinburgh. 12 weeks from September 2016.

Deloitte Return to Work Programme, London, Reading, Gatwick, St Albans. 20 weeks from September 2016.

J.P. Morgan ReEntry Program, London & Bournemouth. 18 weeks from October 2016.

Skanska Return-to-Work Programme, London & surrounding areas, Maple Cross & Cambridgeshire. 12 weeks from 26th September 2016.

Macquarie Returner Programme, London. 12 weeks from 19th September 2016.

EY Reconnect, London. EY Reconnect – Transactions Financial Services, Greater London. 12 weeks from September 2016.

Amey Returners Programme, UK-wide, for returning engineers. 12 weeks from May 2016.

Morgan Stanley Return to Work London 2016. 12 weeks from 21st September 2016.

Lloyds Banking Group Returners Programme 2016: Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Group Operations London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, Halifax, Manchester. 10 weeks from May/June 2016.

O2 Career Returners, Slough. 11 weeks from 3rd May 2016.

Tideway Returner Programme 2016, London. 12 weeks from 19th April 2016.

AJ120 architecture practice, London. 11th April – 8th July 2016.

Credit Suisse Real Returns 2016, London. 26th April – 15th July 2016.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Returning Talent 2016 Programme, London. Conference, workshops & 10 week returnship.

Man Group Returner Programme, London. 3 month programme. Start Feb/Mar 2016.

Barclays Welcome Back Programme, London. 12 weeks starting 29th February. (Referrals & alumnae only)

PwC Back to Business Returnee programme, London. 12 week programme from January – April 2016.

Golin, London. 3-4 months from Jan 2016. After Back2BusinessShip training programme

Centrica /Mars/Vodafone HitReturn, Windsor, Slough, Newbury. 12 week programme from January – April 2016.

Cameron Barney Corporate Finance Returner, London. 3 month programme from January – April 2016.

Cushman & Wakefield Real Estate Returners 10 week programme in London Jan – Mar 2016.

2015 Returner Programmes 

J P Morgan ReEntry Programme, London. 18 week programme mid-October 2015 – end February 2016.

Return Path ReturnShip Program – Account Management Co-Ordinator, London. 22 weeks 5th October 2015 – 9th March 2016

RBS Strategy ComeBack Programme, 10 week programme in London or Edinburgh, Sept 21st – Dec 2015.

Morgan Stanley Return to Work Programme. 12 week programme in London September 23rd – December 18th.

Deloitte ‘return to work’ scheme (alumnae only). Sept 2015

Allen & Overy / Peerpoint London Return-to-Law programme (alumni only). Sept 2015

Lloyds Banking Group Retail Banking Returners Programme and Commercial Banking Returners Programme. 10 weeks,  June – Aug 2015.

Tideway Returner Programme. Thames Tideway Tunnel, in partnership with Women Returners, 12 week programme in London from 13th April 2015 – 3rd July 2015

Credit Suisse Real Returns 10 week programme in London April 27th – July 3rd 2015.

2014 Returner Programmes

Credit Suisse Real Returns London, April-July 2014

Morgan Stanley Return to Work Programme London, 12 week programme, September – December 2014

Deutsche Bank (research) 10 week pilot programme in London for 2 participants, September – December 2014

*What is a returnship?

Through Women Returners for Business, we have led the development of the ‘returnship’ (returning professional internship) market in the UK. Returnship programmes provide a bridge back to senior corporate roles for experienced professional women (& men) who have taken an extended voluntary career break. A returnship is a paid short-term employment contract, with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the programme. As a participant, you will take on commercially significant work based on your skills, interests and prior experience. Often, training and mentoring support will be provided, together with access to internal networks. You can use a returnship to update your skills and knowledge in your previous sector/role or may be able to transition into a new area.

Note: The term ‘Returnship’ is trademarked by Goldman Sachs