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Below is the list of all Return to Work Programmes offered in 2020. 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 2020 (to date):
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 close on 25 October 2020. More details and how to apply here
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. Apply here
Mastercard Relaunch Your Career Returners Programme 2020 A paid 16 week placement for mid-career professionals with some previous consulting experience, commencing in October 2020. More details here
ScottishPower Returners Programme 2020 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 2020 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 open via LinkedIn here
dunnhumby Returners Programme 2020 A 5 month paid returnship programme starting 21 September 2020, with applications due by 24 May 2020, 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). 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. Applications for this fellowship are usually open twice each year, in April and September/October. Applications for the the next round close on 29 September 2020. More details and how to apply here
Newcastle University Institute of Coding Master’s Degree Apprenticeship This is not a traditional returnship programme (eg there is no minimum career break criteria). Starting in September 2020, this is a two year Master’s Degree apprenticeship in software engineering, data analytics or cyber security. This apprenticeship-levy funded programme is well-suited to business who are keen to support women returners, as well as BAME, LGBTQ and disabled people. Upon completion, apprentices will earn a Masters of Science from Newcastle University. More details and how to apply here
Tideway Returner Programme Having welcomed more than 13 returners since its launch in 2015 – one of the first non-banking returnship programmes – the Tideways Returner Programme is open to people who have had a minimum two year voluntary career break from the workforce and with a successful track record in a relevant discipline. Applications are now closed
Willmott Dixon Welcome Back Programme Starting in September 2020, 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
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.
NatWest Comeback Programme A 12 week paid returnship aimed at people who were previously in senior manager roles within financial services and have been out of the workplace for at least two years. More details and how to apply here
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
UBS Career Comeback Programme This is a supported hiring process offering permanent roles with classroom learning, mentoring and coaching to help returners ramp and and return to the workplace. See available opportunities here
KPMG Return to Work Programme Various locations and teams including audit, tax, and legal, with both part time and remote working options available. 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). There is no application deadline as this is an open programme. Visit the KPMG Return to Work Programme website to apply for one of the available ‘return to’ roles.
Camden Council Career Returners Programme A London-based, 6 month, paid returnship programme, run by Camden Council, with roles available in Finance, Legal and IT. Applications close 15 March 2020. Applications are now closed
AECOM Returners Programme 2020 A six month, UK wide, returnship for people who have taken at least a two year career break and with experience in Civil Infrastructure, Environment and Ground Engineering or Buildings and Places (including sustainability consulting and project management). Applications close 28 February 2020 and the returnship programme commences on 27 April 2020. Applications are now closed
Grant Thornton 2020 Returner Programme A six month paid returnship in London, starting in March/April 2020, for experienced professionals with at least an 18 month extended career break. Applications close 17 February 2020. Applications are now closed
Morgan Sindall Returnship Programme 2020 A three month return to work programme for people who have had a minimum 18 month voluntary career break, either with a background in construction and infrastructure or an interest in the sector and with relevant transferrable skills. Opportunities are available at Morgan Sindall offices in Rugby, London, Birmingham, Leicester, Southampton, Glasgow, Manchester, Cumbria and many more UK locations. The programme offers the opportunity for a phased return, starting with a minimum 3 days per week and building up to 5 days in the last month of the programme. Applications close 15 February 2020. Applications are now closed. You can register your interest to be informed of future Returnship Programmes here
UBS Career Comeback Programme 2020 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 15 February 2020. Applications are now closed
BlackRock London Returners Programme 2020 A six month return to work programme, based in London, for up to 5 individuals with experience in Investment Management or broader Financial Services. Open to applicants with a minimum 18 month career break (or those have worked in other industries), with no upper career break limit. The programme commences in April 2020, and application close 2 February 2020. Applications are now closed
This BlackRock returnship is part of a Savings & Investments industry-wide cross-company programme being run by the DiversityProject and Women Returners, with return to work programmes also being offered by BNY Mellon, Fidelity Investments, Legal & General Investment Management, Schroders, State Street Global Advisory and Willis Towers Watson. More details about this industry-wide initiative, and some useful returner videos as well as an overview of returner activities across the industry, visit the DiversityProject website.
JPMorgan Chase Re-Entry Program 2020 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 2020, with the prospect of a permanent job offer at the end to successful candidates. Applications are now closed
Credit Suisse Real Returns Program A 12 week returnship programme, based in London, for experienced professionals. The return to work programme commences in March 2020, with applications open until 8 November 2019. Applications are now closed
Barclays Encore! Returnship Programme A 12 week London-based programme commencing on 14th January 2020, for individuals with a career break of at least one year. Roles are available in Risk, Private Banking and Investment Banking (including Research, Banking and Markets). 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 January 2020. Applications are now closed
Creative Equals CreativeComeback Programme The 8 day CreativeComeback Programme will be run in March 2020. Applications are now closed
Citi Return to Work Programme This programme comprises a structured induction period starting in March 2020, followed by 15-18 months of learning (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. Applications are now closed
Morgan Stanley Return to Work Programme 2020 A 12 week paid returnship from February to May 2020, with applications closing on 13 October 2019. Applications are now closed
Balfour Beatty Returners Programme 2020 A UK wide, 21 week paid returnship commencing in January 2020, designed to kick start careers for those who have had a career break of two years or more. Candidates would ideally have experience on one of several key areas including engineering, operational, commercial or head office (HR, IT, finance or legal). Applications close October 2019. Applications are now closed
Turner & Townsend UK Career Returners Programme A 6 month paid returnship offered at various UK locations, starting in January 2020. This returnship is designed for experienced mid-to-senior level professionals who wish to return to their careers (after a career break of at least two years) in one of a number of areas: Project and Programme Management, Cost Management, or Advisory (Procurement, Health & Safety, Technology). Applications are now closed
Investec Return to Work Programme A 6 month paid returnship in London, commencing 16 January 2020. Applications are now closed
UK Returnships – Prior Years
Select the relevant year below to see the Returnship Programmes offered in the UK before 2020.