A Fund of £1.5 million has been made available offering grants to projects which help people to return to work in the private sector. These projects could help returners update their skills, provide other training, or support businesses to increase employment opportunities for returners. 

The fund is available for organisations to run projects aims at returners that:

  • create new job opportunities within the private sector and targeted  employment sectors that have a weaker track record in catering for returners, including, retail, law, tech and telecoms, science, technology, engineering and maths industries, creative industries
  • could not otherwise be established by the market
  • address specific barriers for returners and can be replicated at scale
  • can demonstrate self-sustainability beyond the initial funding period of the grant
  • increase understanding of how best to support a) returners to gain paid employment and b) employers to recruit and support returners

The Government Equalities Office defines a ‘returner’ as a person who left paid employment for at least a year to take on a caring responsibility and would like to return to paid work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience.

To find out more about the Returners Fund, visit their website using the link provided on the right hand side. Alternatively, to contact a member of the fund directly, please use the contact information also provided on the right hand side.