Returnships, or internship-style programs that help people prepare to rejoin the workforce, are beginning to take off in several organizations. Workers who took time away for various reasons including caregiving, joining the military, or raising a family have the opportunity to improve their skills by joining a returnship. These programs generally run from eight to 16 weeks, where participants brush up on their skills, receive training, and are evaluated by managers before potentially being hired. GM, IBM, and Deloitte are among the companies offering returnship opportunities, and these programs are already demonstrating success. Over the past three years at Deloitte, nearly 100% of returnship participants have been hired. By offering returnships, organizations have the opportunity to tap into an often overlooked yet highly experienced talent pool, and the potential to enhance corporate culture and diversity.
Return of the Jedi
May 29, 2018