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.
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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 (find out more about Breaking Down Barriers).
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."
Drawing on the learning from this project, we are developing a four part, simple toolkit of bite sized guides about how to recruit and retain employees requiring flexible working arrangements. Employers and Returners are involved in the development of each section of the toolkit through their input at the Caring, Working, Living Panel and the Breaking Down Barriers workshops.
Each part of the toolkit will be published separately throughout the course of the project. We would like to hear if you are planning to make a change to your practice regarding flexible working and, if so, how this toolkit has influenced this change. Let us know using the button below.
Part One: What is Flexible Working
Part Two: How to Ensure Interview Practices Support Returners
Part Three: How to Attract Returners in Your Job Advert
Part Four: How to Attract Returners in Job Descriptions and Person Specifications
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.
To get in touch with us via the GMCC please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To get in touch with us via GMCVO please email GMCVO at: email@example.com