Making Work Work


Making Work Work encompasses a range of bespoke programmes based on a peer-led, supportive online learning environment complemented by workshops, masterclasses, mentoring and post-programme support with the opportunity for accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute. The purpose of Making Work Work is to empower people to find work that works which is fulfilling and meaningful. The programme has been devised by Lynn Houmdi and Challenges Catalyst to contribute to a more positive and productive workplace cultures where people are able to contribute in a way which fits with their lifestyles and commitments.

Making work work – for Women Returners, which is running February – March 2021, is a pilot in this innovative approach. We will refine the programme during this pilot with women returners in order to provide it to subsequent cohorts in future (eg women returners, late career switchers, refugees and migrants, disabled workers, etc). Participants in this cohort will be able to actively participate in designing the programme which works for them and which is fully reflective of the post-COVID context, where flexible, off-site and asynchronous working are becoming the norm.


We are looking for Women who
  • Have had a break from career path for 6 months+ (maternity, caring, illness, menopause, redundancy, etc.)
  • Have five years+ of demonstrable management experience (any kind of management, across any sector, see here for more detail)
  • Are resident in Scotland
Our aim is to reduce barriers to those struggling to get back to their career path and we want to support as many people as possible bringing a diverse group of people and their expertise to the programme. If any of these eligibility criteria cause any concern, please click here to see more information or reach out to speak with us at

Further Information


Applications for the pilot (Feb/Mar 2021) of Making Work Work – for Women Returners are now closed. We hope to run further programmes for Women Returners and other groups facing barriers to meaningful work that works in future. If you would like more information, please mail us to sign up for updates:


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