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Returners and re-entrants

Some women take a career break and use it to their advantage to publish papers, write a book or acquire a new qualification. Others struggle.

Technology gaps are not the biggest barrier to returning, it’s confidence. Employers and managers can help returners become useful and productive staff members within a matter of a few months. As part of the Equalitec project, Katalytik, for BCS produced Returners and Re-entrants – a collection of schemes operating within companies to both attract and manage the returning and re-entrant process.

Tips include:

  • Offering pre-interview confidence sessions
  • Training courses for potential returners
  • Developing a skill bank to offer project work to those who do not wish to work full time.
  • Return to work interviews for both the returner, line manager and staff up to a year after the return
  • Phased return / re-entry
  • Mentoring, coaching and buddy system

Download the booklet pdf here