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How can we make returnships work in Australia?

The Challenge

Recognising that women returning to work after a career break are an untapped resource, in 2008 US company Goldman Sachs introduced a returnship program and Credit Suisse initiated a similar return to work program for women in the UK in 2014. Returnship programs are short–term, paid opportunities to attract women who have had a career break. Returnship programs are increasingly being offered in other parts of the world however in Australia a small number of employers have begun offering returnship programs.

 

Returnships are programs to support women transitioning back into the workforce after a career break of two years or more. Women returning to work after a career break face multiple challenges such as balancing work and caring commitments, a loss of confidence and the need to update skills and knowledge.

 

How can we make returnships work in Australia?

We are interested in information about:

  • - benefits and disadvantages of returnship programs?
  • - help and support women returning to work after a career break need?
  • - how to encourage employers to offer these opportunities?
  • - what role, if any, should the Australian Government have in encourage employers to offer returnship opportunities in Australia?
  • - is there a role for specialised returnships organisations? For example in the US and the UK non–profit and profit organisations provide job matching and mentoring services including Women Returners in the UK and Path Forward in the US.
  • - other initiatives and ideas that would help women in their careers after a career break.

 

Information we gain through this Challenge will be used to inform discussions about improving opportunities for women to gain and keep employment. The Department is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

 

Challenge Opened: 12:13 AM, Monday 02 July 2018
Challenge Closes: 07:00 AM, Thursday 26 July 2018
Time to go: Closed

 

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Challenge Opened: 12:13 AM, Monday 02 July 2018
Challenge Closes: 07:00 AM, Thursday 26 July 2018
Time to go: Closed

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Thought Leader

Luke Devine
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Kathryn Hedley Assistant Director
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Jessica Pincombe Senior Project Officer
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Colleen Chen
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Katrin Forslund
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