Dad returners wanted for new scheme offering free advice

Simon Gregory, of GPS Return, writes about an innovative new project offering free help to dads. And how that’s like fixing your motor!


So we’re guys right, and guys don’t need any help returning to work do they? That’s like asking for directions or, even worse, asking someone else to open the jam jar for us. It’s just not going to happen.

Except, what if, returning to work is not like asking for directions but more like changing the IAC motor on your car? I mean, you could do it.

It is simple enough if you have the right Haynes manual, the right tools, a regular supply of tea and some coarse language to hand. Or you could take it to the garage and get some help. I know which one I would choose.

Returning to work is harder than you think. That new and growing gap on your CV means you are going to be asked questions and, if you ask for flexibility, will create a number of roadblocks that you are going to have navigate around.

There is also a lot of competition! In fact there are as many as 50,000 professionals just in Yorkshire actively looking to return to work at this moment in time, plus 94% of the people currently working are also looking for roles that offer flexibility.

So it is becoming more and more difficult to stand out from the crowd.

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Now you could try and go it alone or you could ask the experts.

We at GPS Return are proud to be partnering with the CIPD on a Yorkshire wide programme to help 150 parents return to work over the next 8 months. This has been fully funded by the Government Equalities Office which means you, as a parent looking to return to work, will get all the skills and knowledge that you will need to make the return to work as easy as possible, absolutely free.

On top of this, you will be invited to the PTS Live event in York in March where you will have the opportunity to meet with more than 25 companies who actively look to recruit parents returning to work and offer the flexibility that you will need to be both the parent and professional you want to be.

If you would like to find out more about the Parent Returners Programme please give me a call on 01423 594 843 or drop me an email at [email protected] 


Simon Gregory is managing partner at GPS Return.

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