The event that’s helping women back into work

In March Vodafone hosted a careers fair at its Newbury headquarters as part of ReConnect, a recruitment programme for returners, people wanting to come back to work after a career break.

We’ve all been there, examining our CVs down to the last letter, tirelessly scouring the internet for job openings, sending countless emails but, not always achieving immediate success. Job hunting has its setbacks. But what if you’re hoping to get back into paid work after taking time out? Despite having a wealth of experience, it’s not always an easy path back into employment, which is enough to shatter anyone’s self-confidence.

There are currently just under 1.9 million women out of work, caring for their home or family members. When these women decide to take the plunge and re-enter the workplace, they may struggle to find a job role that provides them the flexibility they need or find they’re overcome with self-doubt. Many also worry that they lack the digital skills that today’s business environment relies on to survive.

But, there’s hope; through its ReConnect programme, Vodafone is helping returners to address these challenges by bringing them and employers together under one roof. We caught up with a number of career experts and attendees at Vodafone’s most recent event, on March 5th, to uncover the true value of ReConnect. Watch the video below.



Vodafone’s ReConnect event included a careers fair, CV drop-in, interview workshop, LinkedIn masterclass and a keynote from serial female entrepreneur, Tamara Lohan. It not only gave women the advice and training they needed to feel comfortable in the work environment again but, it gave them the reassurance that they could do it – despite whatever doubts they had.

“I would definitely recommend ReConnect to women who are sitting at home thinking they won’t be able to get back into work ever again. See for yourself that you’ve really got it in you.” – ReConnect attendee, Sabeen

These events are equally valuable to employers who are looking for talented and experienced employees, but are skeptical about hiring someone who’s been out of paid work for a long period of time. This toolkit by Timewise and Women Returners and sponsored by Vodafone supports and encourages employers to create opportunities for returners and helps them get started.

It’s designed for businesses wishing to set up returner programmes of their own. It focuses on the benefits of hiring returners, how to develop a returner programme and, even better, has a specific section for business owners, who are less likely to consider returners as employees – the very people who could supercharge their organisation.

So, if you’re a business owner who wants to diversify your workforce, it’s time to take a look at the talented people struggling to catch a break and return to paid work.

If you’d like to learn more about how businesses are helping women realise their potential, check out our other content celebrating International Women’s Day . Read the Stemettes story and find out how they’re inspiring young girls to enter a career in STEM.