Have you been off for an extended career break? Want to come back to your creative career? We're offering an 8-day training programme for women from March 4-14 in London, and a 4-day programme in Manchester from March 19-21. Partnering with D&AD, The Dots, the Government Equalities Office and Facebook our aim is to make sure you are armed with the tools, knowledge and confidence to secure full-time or freelance employment in today's market, in a role that works for you.

We're looking for art directors, copywriters, creative directors, UX designers, designers, concept creatives, data analysts, account handlers (Manchester only) and any other creative role we haven't mentioned, who have been off work for at least 12 months and would like to ignite their creative career with support from our partners, featured below. In Manchester, we have TBWA, BBC Salford, Havas Lynx, Amaze/Realise and McCann Manchester to date.

The course covers:
- Fostering a growth mindset, creative courage and resilience
- Trends from the D&AD Awards
- What's new in digital and technology
- Take a brief (apply new technology and thinking)
- Selling your ideas to a CMO
- Pitching and presenting your work
- What employers are looking for
- Meeting prospective employers

After the course you'll have the opportunity to apply for a two-to-six-week paid contract with one of our partners and a number will also be able to offer you the chance to interview for full time or freelance job roles. They are all open to flexible working requests.

It's FREE to you, and furthermore, if you need financial assistance to come back to pay for childcare or help while you're with us, we have a 'Comeback' fund available to you if you need help with childcare or caring cover.

For any questions, please contact rachel@creativeequals.org

Deadline for applications: London and Manchester are now CLOSED. Thank you to all who applied!




Only 12% of creative directors are women. And, just when creatives are stepping up to leadership roles, motherhood comes along. With a career gap and a biased recruitment sector, it’s difficult to return. 

Our returners programme is a way to address the gender pay gap as well as an opportunity for our founding partners to show up as a forward-thinking company. We also ask that you have flexible working practices in place.

Here’s why your company should be involved:

  • We help you set up a coaching/peer support system within your business

  • Returners bring invaluable real-life experiences

  • Provide valuable role models for young women in your business

  • Create a family friendly environment

  • Many are laser focused at work, driving a new efficient work culture

How much will it cost?

Founder partner: we ask for £1,500 for a small company and £3,000 for a large company (over 350 people).

You gain:

  • PR and press

  • Access to an onsite business coach and liaison

  • Contribute to those who may needs funds and support

  • Access to fresh talent

  • Be a founder member of a sustainable UK programme.

Note: we use ALL funds to scale a long-term programme across the UK and beyond.