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13 September 2018

New Women Returners Schemes from BBC and Sky

The BBC and Sky have become the first UK broadcasters to partner with Women Returners, an organisation that helps people who have had a career break of two or more years return to work. The schemes offer six-month paid placements, with returners encouraged to apply for permanent roles after their placement is over.

The BBC scheme is looking to recruit mid-to-senior roles in its design and engineering department, including technical architects and software engineers. Returners will be based in its London, Salford or Glasgow offices.

The Sky scheme is offering five placements for leadership roles across its advertising, sport, technology, finance and product departments.

Women Returners was co-founded by Julianne Miles, who trained as a business psychologist after taking a four-year career break. Speaking about the schemes, she said: “These are not programmes to help out women, they are about bringing strong, diverse talent into your organisation, driven by your business needs.”

ONS figures show that women make up 89% of those taking career breaks, and thus the issues faced in returning to the workplace disproportionately affect women. Often those who have taken a career break – whether it’s to have children, care for elderly relatives or for other reasons – lack confidence and worry that their skillset is out of date. Women Returners’ own research, conducted with PWC, found that three in five professional women return to lower-skilled or lower-paid jobs after a career break. Women Returners’ schemes aim to ensure women return to the work place at the level they should be at, and that companies don’t lose out on the talent and experience that returners can bring.

Find out more about the BBC scheme here.

Find out more about the Sky scheme here.

Find out more about Women Returners here.