Returnships Conference for Employers

The first Returnship Conference for Employers in Switzerland will provide participants with information on how the potential of returnees can be used. Participants will benefit from the broad and varied know-how on the topic. We will present not only best practice cases from Switzerland and abroad , but also findings from the first Swiss study on skills and needs of returnees. This study will be carried out by the project team.

The half-day conference will be structured around a Keynote Speech, a panel discusion and roundtable discusisons where participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas interactively and hands-on with other employers, representatives from key organisations, business associations and politicians on the opportunities and obstacles of implementing such programmes. Specific attention will be paid to the different needs of SMEs and large companies. The conference will conclude with a Networking Apéro.

We would like to thank the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (EBG) for supporting this conference as part of our first programme in Switzerland to help employers introduce and implement returnship programmes. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), around 84,000 mothers – often well qualified and with many years of professional experience – are currently prepared to return to work after a career break. This figure does not include fathers, nor men and women who have taken a break to care for relatives and are now ready to relaunch their careers – a valuable potential workforce which could address the shortage of skilled labour.

Target Group

  • Representatives from SMEs
  • Representatives from large companies
  • Government representatives
  • Business associations
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Universities

Important Information

DateSeptember 17th, 2019
Duration14:00 – 17:30 followed by a Networking Apéro
PlaceInstitute of Financial Services Zug IFZ
Campus Zug-Rotkreuz
ExperienceSenior executives, division managers, specialists, human resources, diversity managers, interested persons
LanguageEnglish and German
RegistrationPlease register here

Ein herzliches Dankeschön

Ganz herzlich danken wir den Teilnehmenden, den EntscheidungsträgerInnen aus der Wirtschaft und Politik, dem EBG, den unterstützenden Organisationen und Sponsoren.

Pilot Participating Companies

MSD Switzerland
Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH
Roche Diagnostics International

Partner Organisations


Kanton Zug

PWN Zug & Zürich

Wirtschaftsförderung Luzern

Wirtschaftsfrauen Schweiz

In-Kind Sponsor

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