Caring, Working, Living led by GMCVO and delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, is a Greater Manchester wide project that will target mainly private sector small and medium employers, and support them to develop their recruitment and employment practices to make job opportunities more accessible to Returners.
Returners are people who have taken at least a year out of work to undertake caring responsibilities for children, or elderly or sick relatives.
Returners are looking to return to the workplace at a level commensurate with their skills and experience. Research has shown that the majority of people in this position are women. We are aiming our programme at non-graduates and carers experiencing economic disadvantage, and older workers, aged 50 years+.
Returners can self-refer or can be referred from voluntary and public sector employment support organisations from across Greater Manchester, and will receive support with CVs and interview tips; workplace visits to employers to gain a better understanding of current workforce opportunities; and coaching from employers.
Employers will be identified by the GM Chamber of Commerce and will receive support to assess current employment pathways to identify barriers to employing returners, including mystery shopping research. They will then receive support to create Workforce Action Plans to create accessible job opportunities.
The project is funded by the Government Equalities Office and will run from June 2019 to May 2020, recruiting employers from July and Returners from September 2019.
Why are we doing it?
By providing support to carers wishing to return to work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience, this project will encourage their social and economic inclusion.
Through a campaign targeted at Small to Medium Enterprises the project will promote equality of opportunity and access, and the value of diversity by increasing their understanding of the value of Returners in the workforce, and how to attract, support and retain them.