Parent returner programme launched in Yorkshire and the Humber

The CIPD has launched a returner programme in Yorkshire and the Humber to help parents get back into work.

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A new returner programme to help 150 parents in Yorkshire and the Humber back to work has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

The CIPD Parent Returner Programme is for parents who have been out of the workforce for a year or more. The CIPD says there are currently 41,866 people in Yorkshire and the Humber who are not in work, but would like to be, because of family commitments.

Funded by the Government Equalities Office, the programme offers 150 ‘returners’ tailored support from CIPD members, all of whom are qualified HR professionals, through the CIPD Steps Ahead Mentoring programme, lasting up to 12 weeks. The mentors will use their expertise to help ‘returners’ build their CV, create or update their online profiles, succeed at interviews and boost their confidence.

The ‘returners’ will also have the opportunity to meet employers at a networking event taking place in March 2020. On finding work, they will be offered coaching to help them transition back into work.

Twenty-five organisations from the retail, law, tech, telecoms and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) industries, all based in the region, have also joined the programme as Returner Champions.

They will attend training and receive support to help them become more parent-friendly employers by increasing their flexible working arrangements, for example, with the aim of promoting a change in working culture in the region generally.

Once the pilot phase of the programme is complete, there are plans to roll it out nationally through the CIPD’s network of volunteers.

Any parents wishing to get involved in the programme can find out more information at Further details on the programme can also be found at

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