Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a new opportunity, Learn & Work In Utah can get you the skills you need to create a bright future for you and your loved ones.

Lt. Gov. Deidre M. Henderson Announces Returnship Initiative

What is a returnship?

Returnships are internships for adults looking to re-enter the workforce after an extended absence. They are designed as a back-to-work program that provides the experience, training, skills, and mentoring that an individual needs to return to the workforce without starting from the bottom of the career ladder. Returnships can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Returning employees benefit from current experience and employers have a chance to build their workforce. A win-win for everyone.

Two Paths

The Lieutenant Governor’s Returnship Initiative features two separate tracks. The first path is return-to-work opportunities in state government and with Utah businesses. This path is for those who don’t require additional education. The second path provides short-term training opportunities at Utah colleges and universities.

The Learn & Work In Utah program is an opportunity for unemployed, underemployed, and vulnerable workers to learn new skills through affordable and flexible short-term programs designed to connect them with a rewarding career.

Programs are available in a variety of online, in-person, and hybrid formats. Select the college below that you’re most interested in for more information.

This site will list available returnships offered through the state and other reputable employers as they become available. Check back soon. If you are a business who offers returnships, please contact us.

Beginning June 1, the following institutions will be offering Learn & Work In Utah programs. 

Utah is nationally recognized for its educated, able, and resilient workforce.

As our state begins the process of economic recovery, education will serve a pivotal role in helping individuals re-skill and re-enter the workforce. Learn & Work In Utah will help our already exemplary workforce fine-tune their skills in Utah classrooms, both physical and virtual, to excel within the workplace or find new employment.

Learn & Work In Utah is an initiative supported by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Talent Ready Utah, and the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). The program provides tuition assistance for short-term education to Utah residents whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.

Returnship Form

If your business offers, or would like to offer, a returnship please fill out this form and we’ll get in contact with you.

Check out the latest episode of the Business Elevated Podcast

Listen to Kimberlee Carlile, director of Talent Ready Utah at GOED, and Jessica Gilmore, associate commissioner of Workforce Development & Industry Engagement at the Utah System of Higher Education, as they discuss the new Learn & Work In Utah program that provides education and training to displaced workers.