HRC Recruitment has launched a new support programme to help professionals from a variety of backgrounds return to the workplace after a career break – the first initiative of its kind developed in Scotland.
The independent recruitment consultancy’s ‘Back in Business’ programme aims to help experienced returners restart their careers and transition back into employment with a course of workshops to boost skills such as rebuilding professional confidence, CV writing, interview skills and networking. Candidates will then be put forward for paid returnship opportunities with partner companies, typically lasting four to six months.
While initiatives of this nature have typically been aimed at women returning to the workplace after taking time out to raise their children, HRC Recruitment’s programme is open to professionals of any gender, at any stage of their career. The workshops will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh, starting on 1st October.
Despite the continued fall in unemployment, ONS data shows that there are more than 765,000 people in Scotland who are economically inactive for reasons that include looking after families, studying or illness. More than one-fifth (21%) of this group said they wanted to find a job – but many will experience difficulties when trying to return to work.
Steven Ross, operations director at HRC Recruitment, said:
“Anyone looking to return to work after a career break will undoubtedly face challenges getting back into employment and our unique programme of support will help to close the gaps. Whether it’s a lack of confidence or an out of date CV, our dedicated coaching resource can offer the best advice and guidance for returners.
“For employers looking for new recruits, the initiative provides a great opportunity to tap into an existing pool of talent and to increase their focus on diversity and inclusion. We’re looking forward to working closely with corporate partners, both large and small, to help them get the best possible results from the candidates.
“The launch of Back in Business supports an ongoing programme of growth and development within the consultancy and we hope that this can be the first of many external support initiatives that we bring to both job seekers and employers across Scotland.”
The Back in Business initiative will be led by Morna Ronnie, HRC Recruitment’s recently appointed head of programmes. With more than 25 years’ experience, Morna joined the consultancy from Hymans Robertson where she was involved in a number of projects supporting candidates returning to the workplace after a career break.
“From prior experience, I know that Scotland has a pool of talented and experienced professionals looking to get back into work after taking time out from their careers. While the majority of this group are female, it’s important that we continue to support diversity and inclusion across the workplace by welcoming any and all candidates that could benefit from the programme.
“It’s an exciting time as we kick-start the initiative with our first group of returners, giving them the skills and confidence ahead of starting a new job.”