Support for employers

Caring, Working, Living aims to help increase employers’ understanding of the value of Returners in the workforce and how to attract, support and retain them.

This will increase employers’ ability to recruit and retain candidates in roles that were previously hard to fill, and improve productivity.

Support We Can Offer: 

Through our work with GM Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), we are able to offer employers a range of different support including: 

  • Support to revise recruitment practices to make them more accessible to Returners. This can include supporting employers to consider the language used in job adverts; job descriptions and person specifications that could deter Returners from applying.

  • Support to understand the range of flexible working arrangements that can help employees that are balancing work and care to stay in work, and feel valued by their employers.

  • Access to good practice from employers through blogs and case studies published on our website, and social media. Opportunities to take part in quarterly Industry Panels, bringing together employers and Returners to work collectively to understand and address the issues involved.

  • Links to employment support agencies across the region that work with Returners. These include VCSE and public sector groups, including schools. 

"The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is proud to be working on [this project] with GMCVO, working with employers who will benefit from having returners within their staff. Employers will have access to an untapped workforce that have skills that can benefit the workplace, meaning they may now be able to fill job roles that have been vacant for a period of time."  


We are developing a toolkit for employers which we will publish here, in the meantime the following documents may be useful;

Returner Programmes - Best Practice for Employers

A Working Carers Toolkit

Caring Working Living Panel

GMCVO and GMCC will deliver quarterly Panels of representatives from GM businesses, employment support agencies and people that have experience of being parents/carers to discuss issues relating to the delivery of the ‘Caring, Working, Living’ project and its aims. We will share resources and good practice from these meetings here. 

Caring, Working, Living Panel Minutes September 2019

Contact details

To get in touch with us via the GMCC please email us at:

To get in touch with us via GMCVO please email GMCVO at:

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