Strategic HR volunteers that are committed to supporting parents returning to work

Are you an employer that is committed to supporting parents returning to work? Do you want to have a more diverse and inclusive culture in your organisation?

The CIPD is recruiting ‘Returner Champion’ volunteers across Yorkshire and Humber to support our Parent Returner Programme. Funded by the Government Equalities Office, the programme aims to address the challenges faced by both employers and parent returners through a bespoke programme of training and support.

To qualify for one of the 25 free employer ‘Returner Champion’ places:

  • You are a private sector employer ideally based in Yorkshire & Humber
  • Your organisation is in one of the following industries sectors: science, technology, engineering, maths, law, retail, law and telecoms
  • You are committed to making your organisation an inclusive returner- friendly place of work
  • You must be able to commit to attending a one-day workshop in Leeds in October 2019 followed by monthly check ins and a returners event in March 2020
  • You must be able to nominate an individual from your HR function with decision making responsibility, who can influence change within your organisation
  • You must have an awareness of the local labour market & some of the issues that affect parent returners


In return you will receive:

  • expert training, tailored advice, support and resources to help your organisation adapt your recruitment processes and develop policies which support returners back to work
  • the opportunity to become part of a high profile, CIPD supported network of employers in the Yorkshire and Humber region, all committed to becoming more inclusive and attracting a broader talent pool
  • a stand at our showcase event in York, March 2020 (hosted by Pregnant then Screwed) which will be attended by over 300 parent returners, have guest speakers and showcase latest innovations and support available to returners
  • the chance to be one of only 25 organisations selected to be a part of the change and sharing best practice across the region



If you would like to be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete a short expression of interest form via the 'Apply' button. We will then be in touch with further information. For any other queries please email Eadaoin Kelly at


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