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Below is the list of all returner programmes that were offered in 2019. Read more about returnships and return to work programmes on our Returnships page.
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Returnships offered by UK employers in 2019:
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. Applications for this fellowship are usually open twice each year, in April and October. More details and how to apply here
Creative Equals CreativeComeback Programme The CreativeComeback Programme will be run in March 2020, with an introductory half day mini conference at Facebook in October 2019 open to all creative returners. More information, and get tickets to the mini conference in October or apply for the 2020 Returnship Programme, here
Sky Returners Programme Based west of London in Osterley, Isleworth, or in Livingston in Scotland, this six month returnship programme is focused on roles in Sky’s Product and Technology teams. Positions available include Programme/Project Manager, Delivery Manager, Business Analysis, Senior Developer, Strategy and Architecture, Engineers (Data, DevOps, Network, T&D), Data Scientist, Product Lead/Product Owners/Product Managers, and Cyber Security Specialist. The programme will run from November 2019 to May 2020, with an extended break over the Christmas period. Sky is open to discussions around flexible working. Applications are now closed.
Competition & Markets Authority Legal Returners Programme A 6 month contract role for qualified lawyers with competition or consumer law experience returning after a minimum two year career break. Applications are now closed.
Macquarie Group Returner Programme 2019 A 20 week London based programme for financial services returners, commencing 4th November 2019. Applications are now closed.
Kleinwort Hambrose Careers Returnship Programme 2019 A supported return to work programme for relationship management focussed Private Banking professionals, available at various locations across the UK. Commencing November 2019. Applications are now closed.
Smiths Group Career Returners Programme 2019 A 12 week Restart@Smiths return to work programme, for those returning to a variety of careers including project management, finance, sales support, engineering and supply chain. Opportunities available in Hemel Hempstead, Elstree, Slough, Dundee, Manchester, with flexible working opportunities. The programme commences in November 2019. Applications are now closed.
Cushman & Wakefield Returnship Programme 2019 A two month paid returner programme in London, commencing in October 2019. Roles are available for real estate returners and those in corporate services (finance, marketing, or legal, risk and compliance). Applications are now closed.
UBS Career Comeback 2019 Commencing in October 2019, 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. Twenty eight roles are available in IT, Strategy, Investment Banking and more, with full time and part time opportunities available. There is even the possibility of a move into a new area for candidates wishing to change their career focus. Applications are now closed.
Lloyds Banking Group Returnship Programme 2019 Starting in October 2019, this paid 16-week returnship programme is focused on Senior Manager roles in Group Transformation. The roles include Business Analysts, Innovation Managers, Designers, Strategic Shaping Managers, Software Managers, and Product Managers. With roles available in London, Edinburgh, Halifax, Bristol and other UK locations. Applications are now closed.
Addleshaw Goddard Returner Programme 2019 If you are looking to return to the legal profession, this two week placement (run from 30 September to 11 October) may be a great refresher for you. This programme has five placements in England in collaboration with Barclays Legal, and five placements in Scotland, collaborating with Standard Life Aberdeen. Applications are now closed.
EY Reconnect Programme for Returners Two start dates: April 2019 and September 2019, both 12 week paid programmes. Roles available in Advisory, Assurance, People Services, Tax and Transactions. Application are now closed.
Diageo Returnship Programme 2019 Diageo is offering a 6 month Project Engineering Returnship Programme for returners with a minimum two year career gap, starting in September 2019. Based in Scotland, the role is positioned in the International Supply Centre (ISC) Engineering team at two main sites (Cameronbridge & Leven). Applications are now closed.
ITV Career Returners Programme 2019 The ITV Career Returners programme is seeking experienced returners, with a minimum 18 month career gap, in Technology, Studios Production (including Finance), or Regional News. Applications are now closed.
Grant Thornton Returner Programme 2019 A six month paid returner programme commencing in May, across 8 UK locations, for experienced and qualified accountancy/tax returners with a break of 18 months or more. Applications are now closed.
BAE Systems Air Sector STEM Returners Programme After a successful pilot in its Marine division, BAE Systems is now running a 12 week STEM Returners programme in its Air Sector business, with opportunities across Dorset, Somerset, Lancashire and Fife. Apply by 31st May 2019. Applications are now closed.
BT Engineering Services STEM Returners Programme 2019 A 12 week power and electrical returnship being run in Bedford, St Albans, Central London, Romford, Croydon, Guildford and Aldershot. Apply by 30th April 2019. Applications are now closed.
F1 Recruitment BacktoBusinesship 2019 Run in March 2019, BacktoBusinesship is a Government-funded, six day, return to work programme combining training and coaching for 40 returners, focused on the Technology, Telco, Fintech and Financial Services sectors in the Thames Valley (Reading, M3/M4 Corridor). Prior experience in these sectors is not a requirement. Applications are now closed.
Home Office Senior Leadership Development Roles (12 months) Various roles available in Digital, Human Resources, Operational Delivery, Policy and Strategy. Family friendly flexible working options available. Application sifting begins 27th February. Applications are now closed.
CBRE ‘Back to You’ UK Returner Programme Commences May 2019, with an open day in February for applicants. Roles available in a range of areas including advisory, building consultancy, capita markets, investment management, and business services (HR, Marketing, IT, Finance and Research). London-based, 12 week paid programme with flexible working options available. Applications are now closed.
Sanska Return To Work Programme 2019 London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Oxfordshire. Roles available in Senior IT Project Management, Planning, Quantity Surveying, Estimating, Engineering and Facilities Management on this 12 week programme starting in April 2019. Apply here by 28th February.
The Law Society Reignite Your Career Programme Includes a free full day course in Oxford, a half day workshop in March, as well as the Law Returner Initiative which provides six month paid placements for returners in Leeds and Manchester. Applications are now closed.
KPMG Return to Work Programme Various locations and teams including audit, tax, pension. The KPMG Return to Audit programme, for example, offers two months of full time return to work development, followed by flexible roles in one of two formats – either 3-4 days per week (with one of those at home), or structured within school hours (9.30am-2.30pm).
RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Capital Markets RLaunch Programme in London. Two options available – rotational assignments or direct hire placement. Apply here
Wellcome Trust Career Re-Entry Fellowships, for post-doctoral research scientists. Apply by 17th April 2019, 2-4 years of funding. Applications are now closed.
NatWest Markets Comeback Programme (Technology), April 2019. Applications now closed.
Creative Equals Comeback Training Programme (8 days). London and Manchester, March 2019. Applications now closed.
Mastercard Relaunch Your Career returnship programme, March 2019. Applications now closed.
Credit Suisse Real Returns program, March 2019. Applications now closed.
JP Morgan Re-Entry Programme, March 2019. Applications now closed.
Morgan Stanley Return to Work Programme, February 2019 (London). London and Glasgow applications are now closed.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Returning Talent, February 2019 (for London). Applications now closed.
Accenture Break|Through Returners Programme, January 2019. Applications now closed.
Allianz Career Returners Programme, January 2019. Applications now closed.
Barclays Encore! Return-To-Work Programme, January 2019. Applications now closed.
ReIgnite Academy Return to Law Programme (for qualified lawyers), January 2019. Applications now closed.
Civil Service Returners Programme (various roles), for many roles. Applications now closed.
Santander Returnship Programme – February 2019. Applications now closed.
BBC Career Returners Programme – January 2019. Applications now closed.
UK Returnships – Other Years
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