Returnships East

Free Support and Funding For Employers In Norfolk and Suffolk. Connecting You To Experienced Career Returners,
An Untapped Talent Pool

Career breaks happen for lots of reasons – like caring for children or a relative, unemployment or illness


We don’t think a gap on a CV should be a big deal, but for many returners, it can be a real

barrier to getting back into employment.

That’s where returnships come in.

Returnships are a type of supported return-to-work placement, that benefits both returners and employers. Lots of larger companies now offer returnships as a way to recruit and develop experienced staff.

Currently, few organisations in East Anglia offer returnships. Returnships East aims to change that. We can provide information and support to help employers in Suffolk and Norfolk discover returnships. Returnships are typically paid placements lasting 3-6 months – but charities or social enterprises may be able to offer unpaid (volunteer) placements in some circumstances.

We’d love to talk with you about how a returnship could benefit your organisation, as well as helping returners in your community.


To find out more, email

 Support Available:  



Practical support

  • Help with advertising your vacancy
  • Access to free support on returnship issues and best practice
  • Free career guidance and support provided to your returner
  • AVAILABLE UNTIL END-MARCH: Bursary for your returner to pay for training

Advice and information

  • Why not ask us to meet with you for a free, 1:1 ‘Introduction To Returnships’ session?
  • Even if you’re not hiring right now, we’d still love to talk. We’re working to make Suffolk and Norfolk ‘returner friendly’ – and that starts with you! 


Are you an SME employer in Suffolk or Norfolk? Could hosting a talented Returner benefit your organisation?

We are looking for employers who appreciate the skills and experience that returners have to offer.

If you think you could offer a talented person a short work placement, we would love to hear from you. Email to find out more. 


Many thanks to our funders: