Set up a returner programme

How employers can develop and deliver effective returner programmes.

Applies to England



This guidance provides a framework for organisations to develop effective returner programmes. It applies to organisations in all sectors and of all sizes.


  • outlines the business case for returner programmes
  • explains what to consider when developing returner programmes
  • provides case studies from a returner and employer’s point of view

Returner programmes are for people returning to work after a long break (typically 2 years or more).

Returners are people who have taken an extended break from paid work for caring or other reasons.

Published 4 March 2018