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Below is the list of all Return to Work Programmes offered in 2021. Read more about Returnships and Return to Work Programmes on our Returnships page.
We aim to update this list as new Return to Work Programmes are announced through the year. Please help us to keep the list current and accurate. Please contact us to let us know about additions or corrections to the list.
Returnships offered by UK employers for 2021 (to date):
Bank of England Career Returners Programme 2022 A paid, six-month placement commencing April 2022, that could lead to a permanent job. Roles are available in the following teams: Prudential Regulation Authority, Monetary Analysis, Financial Stability Strategy & Risk, Technology. Apply on the BoE careers website from October 2021
Citi Return to Work Programme This 12 month programme comprises a structured induction period, followed by a tailored programme of professional development (including professional qualifications), for returners who have had a minimum two year career break and are now looking to return to – or move into – the finance sector. In 2021, Citi will be running its Return to Work Programme in several cities including London and Dublin. Dublin applications are open until 7 May 2021. More details and how to apply here
UBS Career Comeback Programme 2021 The UBS Career Comeback Programme is designed for professionals with relevant experience who have been on a career break or out of the traditional workplace for two or more years. Unlike many other return to work programmes, the UBS Career Comeback Programme recruits individuals directly into permanent roles, supporting their return to work with mentoring, coaching and classroom learning. Full time and part time (minimum 60% of full-time equivalent) opportunities are available. Applications close 19 May 2021. More information and how to apply here
Credit Suisse Real Returns Programme Europe 2021 London-based returnship running 6 September to 24 December 2021, with applications closing 4 June 2021. Designed for VP level or above (or equivalent) professionals with financial services or professional services background, returning to work after a two year or longer career break. More information and how to apply here On 5 May 2021, there will be a virtual information session about Credit Suisse returnships. The team will share information about the 2021 programme, past participants will share their experiences, and there will time for questions from attendees. Register to attend the virtual event here
Barclays Encore! Returnship Programme Barlcays says it is currently planning for its 2021 Encore! Returnship Programme in UK & Ireland. It will be a 12 week programme for individuals with a career break of at least one year. Usually roles are available in Risk, Private Banking and Investment Banking (including Research, Banking and Markets) and we expect the same for the 2021 Returnship Programme. Register your interest here
dunnhumby Returners Programme 2021 A 5 month paid returnship programme starting September 2021, offering the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the programme. Roles are available across the business including in Data Science, Technology Services, IT Service Management, IT Engineering and Corporate Systems, with the focus on candidates with mid-to-senior level experience who have taken a minimum two year career break (including those working on a part time or freelance basis during that break). An online insight event, to provide more details of the 2021 Returners Programme is being run on 6 May, 10am – 12.30pm.
Willmott Dixon Welcome Back Programme Starting in September 2021, this programme offers a 20 week paid placement for people with a career break over more than one year (or more than one year out of the construction industry). Candidates with a background in main contracting, residential building or interior fit-out are invited to apply, but so are professionals from other industries with transferable skills. More details and how to apply here
Morgan Stanley Return to Work Programme 2021 This paid 12 week London-based Return to Work Programme will run from March to June 2021, with opportunities potentially available in Investment Management, Global Capital Markets, Fixed Income and other banking areas, as well as Technology, Legal & Compliance, Finance and HR and more. Applications are now closed
Mastercard Relaunch Your Career Returners Programme 2021 A paid 16 week placement for mid-career professionals with some previous experience in technology, financial services or professional services. More details here
ScottishPower Returners Programme 2020/2021 A paid 9-12 month placement for STEM professionals returning to work after a career break, or for those whose STEM role has been impacted by Covid-19, in locations across the UK. Applications are now closed
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets RLaunch Program 2021 is geared toward senior-level candidates who have been on a voluntary career break for longer than one year. Candidates join as full-time, permanent employees either directly into a role or with the option to join a 12 month rotation. Applications are now closed
Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-Entry Fellowships If you have taken a career break of more than two years, and you already have a PhD and postdoctoral experience, the Wellcome Trust is offering a fellowship for up to four years to help you re-establish your research career. The April 2021 round will be the final time this Fellowship is offered by Wellcome Trust. Applications are now closed
CapGemini Relaunch@Capgemini Programme This is a supported hiring process, with returners invited to apply for specific returners roles listed on the Relaunch website, but welcome to apply for any other advertised roles across the organisation.
Deloitte Return to Work Programme This is a supported hiring process with support provided for returners, with a minimum two year career break, who apply for specific advertised roles. See available opportunities here
Mazars Returner Programme Mazars are offering a 16 week supported return to work for experienced professionals at Manager level or above in financial services, accountancy or professional services. Applicants must have a career break of 12 months or longer to apply. Read more and see available opportunities here
JPMorgan Chase Re-Entry Program 2021 A paid 14 week returnship for experienced professionals who are currently on a voluntary career break of more than two years, offered in several major UK cities. The program runs March to June 2021, with the prospect of a permanent job offer at the end to successful candidates. Applications are now closed
Sky Returners Programme 2021 A six month return to work programme, starting in April 2021. The programme is designed for people who have taken a break from their previous careers for two or more years and have experience working within any of the following positions: Programme / Project Manager/ Business Analysis, Delivery Manager, Developers, Testers, Scrum Masters, Engineers (Data, DevOps, Network, T&D), Data Scientist, Product Lead / Product Owners / Product Managers, Cyber Security Specialist, Financial Manager (qualified accountant or equivalent experience). A launch event was run on 28 January 2021, with more details here Applications are now closed
Aviva Investors Return to Work Programme A six month return to work programme designed for finance professionals with a background in Financial Services or Asset Management, with a career break of two years or more. Aviva Investors have said they are open to exploring to flexible working and working from home arrangements. The programme will commence in early 2021. Applications are now closed
Creative Equals CreativeComeback Programme The 10 day CreativeComeback Programme will be run in May 2021. Applications are now closed
Facebook Return to Work Programme 2021 (Ireland) A paid 16 week immersive programme for people who have been away from work for two years or longer and who wish to return full time. Commencing in January 2021 and ending in April 2021, with positions available on the Engineering and Business teams in both Dublin and Meath. Applications will close as positions are filled. Applications are now closed
Investec Return to Work Programme A 6 month paid returnship or 9 month Retraining Programme, commencing in late April 2021. Applications are now closed
Bank of England Career Returners Programme 2021 A paid, six-month placement commencing April 2022, that could lead to a permanent job. Roles are available in the following teams: Prudential Regulation Authority, Monetary Analysis, Financial Stability Strategy & Risk, Technology. Applications for the 2021 Programme are now closed. Apply for the 2022 Programme on the BoE careers website from October 2021
UK Returnships – Prior Years
Select the relevant year below to see the Returnship Programmes offered in the UK before 2021.
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