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WiSA Mentoring Programme

The WiSA mentoring programme matches established industry leaders with women in the sector keen to develop and grow their careers. The programme takes place annually, beginning around March.

WiSA Mentoring Programme

The 9-month scheme, delivered by Skillfluence, matches some of the most established industry leaders with women in the sector, keen to develop and grow their careers.

Through one-to-one sessions, the mentoring programme will provide training and support for both mentees and mentors. Participants in the programme will meet over several months to build up skills such as creating a network, making career decisions, cultivating leadership styles, and building confidence.

We are looking for senior aquaculture professionals eager to make a difference, as well as younger women with a commitment to aquaculture who are looking to enhance their careers.

The programme is fully funded by SAIC, but requires a commitment from participants to actively engage with the programme.

2024 mentoring programme

The next mentoring programme will take place around March 2024. To register your interest, you can email and we will send more information when applications are open. You can browse the below forms so you know what the eligibility criteria are and what information we need from you. 

Mentee form

Mentor form

Why be a mentor?

We are looking for anyone in senior positions from across the industry who want to make a difference by taking part in the programme, helping us encourage and nurture aquaculture’s next generation of female leaders. Being a mentor can be an incredibly rewarding experience, contributing to professional development and shaping the industry’s future.

"Being a mentor is so rewarding, it creates opportunities to pass on experience and guidance as well as making new connections and friendships” - Donald Waring, Learning and Development Manager, MOWI.

Why be a mentee?

As a mentee on the WiSA programme, your potential will be matched with the skills and experience of a supportive person who is more established in the sector. Your interaction with your mentor can help build your capacity, confidence and capability, with all the benefits this can bring both personally and professionally.

Some mentoring programme success stories

Ellie Burch and Emma Matheson
Ellie and Emma discuss their experience of the WiSA mentoring programme, how Emma’s support helped Ellie grow in confidence and how they have both taken a step out of their comfort zones.

Blue Remediation - investigating sea cucumbers as bioremediators for salmon farms

Start-up, Blue Remediation was set up by a team of four PhD students from the University of Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt University, who took part in WiSA's 2020 mentoring programme to help formulate their project ideas. Find out more about their experiences and outcomes here