Government schemes to help civil servants, teachers, social workers and health workers get back to work after a career break have been launched (reports BBC Business).
The schemes are paid placements in the workplace which include training. The initial schemes offer 50 places for civil servants, 100 for social workers and 300 for health professional returners.
The returner programmes are open to both genders, but are expected to particularly help women. The places are being funded from the £5m earmarked in this year’s Budget.
The scheme could help people who have taken time out to bring up children or for other caring responsibilities.
“Millions of us need to take time out from our careers, but it can be really hard to return,” said skills minister Anne Milton.
“Women in particular find the routes back into employment closed off after taking time out to start a family.”
The programmes should make it “routine” for women to go back to the workplace and get on with their careers, and would ultimately help tackle the gender pay gap, she said.
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