How your business can help people back into work

Many people who put their careers on hold for a time, often to care for loved ones, find transitioning back into work challenging – but there’s a lot that employers can do to help.

The potential pool of talent is huge. There are 2.1 million people in the UK currently out of the labour market caring for their home or family members, and almost 90% are women. Many are seasoned professionals with years of experience, who are looking to return to work at the right level.

But returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. In the digital age, finding a job isn’t just about polishing your CV and searching online for a suitable role. These days, we also need to think about our digital footprint, and how best to present our professional selves on social media. People returning to work often worry about whether their skillsets are up-to-date, and if employers will value their work experience and the talent they still have to offer.

Businesses have a key role to play in supporting returners back into work. Here’s how your business can help.

Introducing Returners: a toolkit for employers

To help large businesses, SMEs and other organisations set up their own returner programmes, Vodafone UK partnered with the Government Equalities Office and the Women’s Business Council to create Returners: A toolkit for employers.

Based on guidance from Timewise and Women Returners, this toolkit contains best practices on developing returner programmes, with advice on topics like:

• Deciding on the type of programme to offer
• How to attract candidates
• How to support returners once they have been hired.

The toolkit also includes insights from employers that run returner programmes, such as Golin, Enfield Council and Vodafone, as well as from returners themselves. For a brief introduction to the toolkit, check out this blog by Helen Lamprell, General Counsel & External Affairs Director at Vodafone UK, published by the Women’s Business Council.

Check out the video from the event here.