Return with Resilience

Return with Resilience

I was first introduced to the idea of returner programmes a few years ago, when I was working inhouse as a Head of Resourcing.  I met a wide range of people who had taken career breaks, from anything between a year and 15 years+, for a multitude of reason e.g. raising a family, caring responsibilities, international travel, extended break following redundancy.  They were all struggling to get back into the workplace. 

I have since designed, project managed and facilitated several similar programmes in this field for both men and women and my biggest takeaway with every group I have supported has been what a highly skilled, resourceful and motivated group they were.  The main challenges and personal obstacles they faced were a loss of confidence and not knowing how to successfully present themselves to the market.  However once they were provided with  support and guidance in these areas, they went on to become very hardworking, successful and engaged/loyal employees. 

I am therefore thrilled that The People Portfolio is collaborating with HRC Recruitment and Mind and Mission to deliver a new returner programme, funded by the Scottish Government.  Called Return with Resilience it is specifically aimed at women from financial services or engineering backgrounds who are over 50 and/or transitioning through the menopause.  This group can often find that they face disadvantage or discrimination during this phase of their career.  The overall objective of the government’s women returners fund is to reduce the gender pay gap.  More details on the strategic aims can be found here;

We will provide employability support such as CV writing, Interview and Job Search skills and delegates will also receive mental fitness coaching, from Mind and Mission, to support their confidence and resilience as they re-enter the workplace.

Return with Resilience applications are open and can be made at for financial services applicants and for engineering applicants.

We will be posting programme updates on this blog and also on our LinkedIn page, so follow us there for the latest news.